Courtesy BMore Media – While attending a girls’ soccer tournament in Washington, D.C., Darryl Hill noticed that out of the 150 athletes, none of them were black. Out of curiosity, Hill decided to ask one of the managers about the cost of playing the sport.
Hill, the first black athlete to earn a scholarship to play football at the University of Maryland in 1963, discovered that it costs $175 a month to participate.
“That’s just to be on the team. It has nothing to do with the shoes, the bags, the uniforms, the travel expenses, etc.,” Hill says. All of those expenses tallied up to $5,000 a year.
“So I said, OK I get it. That’s purely economic discrimination. And it’s got to stop.”
So in October, Hill founded the Kids Play USA Foundation in Laurel with the mission of making sports more affordable for families with incomes of less than $60,000.
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