YSSA August Newsletter: Member Spotlight
YSSA member since December 8, 2009
Develop and share among members and others education, information, and leadership skills.
Encourage members to promote the active participation by all youth in fun and healthy physical activities according to their interests and abilities.
Promote universal recognition that organized youth sports can develop positive attributes including healthier lifestyles, self-esteem, fair play and good citizenship.
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus, in celebration of National Youth Sports Week hosted a physical activity Expo in a House of Representatives Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on NCYS Youth Sports Day, Tuesday July 12, 2016.
The purpose of the event is to showcase how youth sports organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. The event featured NCYS members and physical activity stations where members of Congress and their staff had the opportunity to play youth sports and learn about youth sports activities. Specifically, the Expo highlighted the importance for youth to PLAY(S) sports following the National Council of Youth Sports legislative agenda which focuses on P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety.
In 2015, members of the National Council of Youth Sports took to Capitol Hill to discuss with Members of Congress the benefits of youth sports and how the federal government can partner with community groups and volunteers to promote quality youth sports and the enhances youth development and safety that would entail.
The fruits of those efforts, in the form of the P.L.A.Y.S. - Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, and Safety (PLAYS) in Youth Sports - Act, was introduced in June 2015 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). You can find more about the bill at congress.gov and entering HR 2932 into the search field.
The S.T.R.I.V.E. - Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence - Award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization.
Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion and a commitment and a contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' health, wellness and safety, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.
Some of the past award recipients are:
- Southern California Youth Rugby - 2016 STRIVE Award winner
- United States Bolwing Congress - 2015 STRIVE Award winner
- Stamford Jewish Community Center - 2014 STRIVE Award winner
- Squash Smarts - 2013 STRIVE Award winner