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About Us

Joy of the People (JOTP) is a 501 (c)(3) that promotes the idea of free play as a way to build healthy kids and communities. 


In 2009 Joy of the People partnered with the City of St. Paul to take over the running of the South Saint Anthony Rec Center.   Each yearJOTP provides more than 1,500 hours of safe, monitored free play soccer time at no cost to participants.


FreePlay Design

The Why

The What

The How


Let us help you build play

  • People first

  • Evidence-based

  • Informed best practice

  • Healthy community begets healthy development

  • Respect of others

  • Inclusiveness

  • Joy


Our Values


Our Vision

JOTP's vision is to grow our model-a safer, healthier, more imaginative, inclusive youth sports experience-and scale it to the world, creating better places for all kids to play.

Mission Statement

To support the idea of play as an important part of a child's development, to build small soccer spaces for kids to play, to serve disadvantaged youth, and to build community spirit.


Joy of the People

890 Cromwell St. Paul 

Non-Profit 501 (c)(3)

EIN NUMBER 27-0232682

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