“I knew that if every child had a soccer ball to kick, a bat to swing, or cleats to run in, they too could become leaders in their local sports leagues; they too could benefit from the life skills that playing sports imparts.”
Sara Blau loved playing sports as a kid, where the experience of being part of a team taught her leadership skills that apply on and off the field. Committed to providing underserved youth with the same opportunities, Sara launched Game Changers New York, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to empower youth around the world by providing the means and opportunity to become athletes. GCNY collects and donates sports equipment to children locally and globally and currently has chapters in New York and New Jersey. Thus far, over 5,520 pieces of sports equipment worth over $100,000 have been distributed to 15 organizations in three countries, with the help of over 50 volunteers and ten corporate sponsors. Sara has received the Light of the Future Award from UJA-Federation and the Gold Medal for the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama. Additionally, she has accepted a role with the UJA-Federation of New York’s Philanthropic Advisory Council for Teens and is involved in the Jewish Teen Funders Network Youth Ambassador Council.