Athletic Services & Community Use Scheduling

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Karen Avvisato,

F.A.S.T. - Fairfax Athletes Stand Together

Fairfax Athletes Stand Together

Fairfax Athletes Stand Together (F.A.S.T.) is a collaborative network of county government, community nonprofits and athletic organizations from around the county. Together, they utilize their combined resources to provide valuable assistance to underserved populations in Fairfax County.

  • F.A.S.T. seeks to provide those in need with quality of life essentials (including food, clothing and other household items).
  • F.A.S.T. strives to cultivate opportunities to remove language, access to equipment and facilities, transportation and financial barriers for athletic participation in Fairfax County.
  • F.A.S.T. facilitates the open exchange of information to emphasize best practices which cultivate a positive and rewarding experience for players, coaches, officials and spectators.


National Youth Sports Survey 2019

In February 2018, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13824, titled “President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition,” which directed the Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex M. Azar II, to develop a national strategy on youth sports (National Youth Sports Survey, 2019).

Did you know that according to the National Youth Sports Survey (2019), there are a number of barriers that can keep youth from starting sports, including:

  • Lack of access to play spaces.
  • Cost, like participation fees and equipment.
  • Lack of physical literacy (the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life).

Additionally, did you know that in 2017 only 58 percent of youth ages 6 to 17 participated in team sports or took sports lessons?

Federal data highlights include:

  • Only 46 percent of non-Hispanic black youth and 50 percent of Hispanic youth participated in a sports team or sports lesson, compared to 66 percent of white youth.
  • Only 49 percent of girls in high school participated on at least one sports team in the past year, compared to 60 percent of boys.
  •  Only 41 percent of youth from low-income households played sports, compared to 76 percent of youth from high-income households.
  • Only 39 percent of youth who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual played on at least one sports team, compared to 58 percent of heterosexual youth.
  •  Only 24 percent of youth with cerebral palsy, 28 percent with autism spectrum disorder, and 31 percent with Down syndrome participated on a sports team or took sports lessons during the previous year.
  • Only 45 percent of youth from households with less than a high school education participated in sports, compared to 73 percent of youth from households with a college degree or higher.

Everyone has a role to play in promoting youth sports! Check out the top 10 things to know about the National Youth Sports Strategy here

Download a copy of the National Youth Sport Strategy here.

Upcoming Events

Youth Sports Leagues Game-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Fairfax County Health Department, in collaboration with F.A.S.T and Ft. Hunt Basketball, will be offering vaccinations for ages 5-17 at Whitman Middle School. The event takes place on March 5, 2022 at 2500 Parkers Lane in Alexandria from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. View the flyer in English or Spanish for more information.

The Chantilly Youth Association will also be holding a vaccine clinic on March 12, 2022 at The Field House (14810 Murdock Street in Chantilly) from 2-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. View the flyer in English or Spanish.

Lee Mt. Vernon Sports Club will host a third vaccine clinic at Twain Middle School at 4700 Franconia Road in Alexandria. This event takes place February 19, 2022 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. AND March 12, 2022 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No appointment is necessary. View the flyer in English or Spanish.

Third Annual Sharing Shoes Basketball Clinic - Spring 2022

Get top-notch instruction from one of the premier nationally ranked programs in the DMV! Interact and learn from Coach Farello and staff while learning skills from current players that translate both on AND off the court. Clinic will be held at a date to be determined in the spring of 2022 at PVI High School (42341 Braddock Rd, Chantilly, VA 20152). It is open to boys and girls in third through eighth grades. Players must bring their own water bottle and basketball. Slots are limited to 150 participants, so register early! Register at


Past Events

In collaboration with Sharing Shoes, F.A.S.T successfully distributed over 100 pairs of donated shoes to the residents of Audubon Estates in Alexandria on December 1, 2021 (see the flyer).

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F.A.S.T and Sharing Shoes supported the Fairfax County Culmore Soccer Camp by distributing 50 new and gently used sneakers and cleats to participants and the surrounding community on July 21, 2021.

Sharing Shoes event


Second Annual Sharing Shoes Basketball Clinic - December 1, 2019

Sharing Shoes Basketball Clinic


Mental Health Symposium - February 26, 2019

Mental health is important at any age, but especially for our teens.  The Mental Health Symposium addresses this issue, and the role of coaches, parents, and sports administrators in supporting and encouraging young athletes as they cope with struggles and pressures of their early development.


Resources for Coaches


Get Involved!

To learn how your organization can become a F.A.S.T. partner, or to get additional details about F.A.S.T. service opportunities, contact:

Chris Pulley
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
703-324-5610, TTY 711

Our Achievements

  • Facilitated more than 40 food and/or clothing drives
  • Collected over 20,000 pounds of food to serve more than 750 families
  • Established a connection to scholarship opportunities for Fairfax County youth to receive assistance to participate in athletic programs


Our Partners

FAST PartnersWe are very appreciative of the valued partnerships which have enabled F.A.S.T. to have such a positive impact on the lives of so many! A special thank you to:

  • Alice's Kids
  • Eric Monday Foundation
  • EXOS Human Performance
  • Fairfax Connector
  • Fairfax Food Council
  • Fairfax County Food Providers Network
  • INOVA Sports Medicine
  • Let's Help Kids
  • Leveling the Playing Field
  • Modell's
  • Sevatruck
  • SharingShoes


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