'A Team for Every Child' program aims to keep youth active and safe this summer

Michiana Athletic and Recreation Association

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Michiana Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) announced its partnership with South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo), Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), South Bend Community Schools (SBCS), South Bend Venue Parks and Arts, and the Police Athletic League, to help keep youth safe and offer sports and recreation activities during the summer.

Transpo and the Interurban Trolley are helping by offering free rides with their K-12 Summer Travel Program.

The organization, Play Like a Champion Today, states they founded MARA to improve the health and well-being of youth in South Bend with the vision every child should have the opportunity to play in a safe and supportive environment with caring mentors regardless of income or athletic ability.

The program, known as "A Team for Every Child", aims to provide access to healthy options for local youth.

MARA is also working with MACOG to map bus and bike routes from neighborhoods to local sport providers, so youth feel confident and secure accessing travel to activities on their own.

MARA says there are 60 local partners and affiliates that offer safe, supportive, nurturing sports and recreation opportunities for kids year-round.

The mission is to serve all South Bend children, including those whose families can't afford the fees and equipment, lack transportation, or have felt excluded and not had fun in the past.

You can find a full list of activities on MARA's website.

Local families seeking further information on how youth can navigate local public transportation can email [email protected] for assistance.

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