About

Our Story

Our story started in 2003 with one coach and a dream. Michael Murphy always had a heart for youth sports and fitness, and he wanted to make sure every kid had the same opportunities as he did growing up. With a bag of used basketballs and soccer balls, Kids in the Game was born.

After years of on-the-ground coaching and meeting in hotel lobbies, Michael teamed up with Matt Murphy (and no, they aren’t related). Together, they have been building and growing what is now Kids in the Game. The outcome? Running programs in dozens of communities around New York City for over 25,000 kids. This includes everything from after-school, esports, competitive sports teams, and summer camps. Ultimately, we want to play today to change tomorrow.

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Stronger together

Our Program Goals

Develop emotional intelligence of youth

Connect people of all backgrounds

Foster a positive sense of self in kids

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Form impactful, long term relationships

Provide a better way to play

Our Approach

staff

Staff

Our staff are trained to:

  • Promote inclusivity
  • Be a positive role model
  • Provide support to all
community

Community

Within our communities, we work to:

  • Provide new experiences
  • Provide equal opportunity
  • Form connections across boundaries
kids

Kids

We work to teach our kids to adopt 5 care values:

  • Embrace
  • Lead
  • Respect
  • Challenge
  • Join

Our Team