North Lawndale Athletic & Recreation Association

Providing youth nurturing environments for safe and supervised play.

NLARA by the numbers

Annual Report
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Increase in girl participants over the past year


Coaches provided trauma-informed, SEL-focused training
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Our Mission

To create a dynamic, community-focused athletic environment for children and adolescents that fosters their personal growth through sports opportunities provided by informed and compassionate coaches, parents and mentors.

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Our youth need and deserve your time, talent, and treasure!

“NLARA creates the environment to collaborate and partner with existing organizations to make it a win-win for all. We all bring different ideas to the table.”
Ana Sierra

Founder, Ana Sierra Women's Basketball League

Get Involved

Volunteers, partners, and in-kind services are key to helping our youth.

Find meaningful ways to build with youth, families and community leaders

Through our coalition of partners, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for engagement.

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We love building partnerships!

Coaches, parents, guardians and community members are invited to partner with us to uplift our youth. Engage with the NLARA.

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Interested in joining a team or program?

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“Through open communication with each other, being transparent with our participants and our resources, we are able to change lives.”
Debra Brown
Debra Brown
Co-Founder, The Investment Basketball Program

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“Through the NLARA, I was able to legitimize Endless Energy, a non-profit focused on evolving and enhancing a total athlete equipped with physical skill and mental stamina.”
Mike Matthews

CEO & Founder, Endless Energy

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Trusted by our partners
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Every dollar supports quality sports programs for our youth.

I loved my experience with the NLARA because it allowed me the opportunity to do what I love, and that’s give back to my community.
Jamal Coleman
Jamal Coleman
Resident, 19