Two recent developments bode well for the development of U.S. youth sports.
Just days after U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services released the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS), the non-profit PHIT America disclosed that it will receive new funding in the multi-millions from the Seattle-based Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation that will support student participation in a before-school physical activity program called AMPED and locally organized team sports leagues through The PASS. The foundation will subsidize both programs over the next three years to help improve the lives of at least 100,000 students, largely in the Pacific Northwest.
The NYSS, structured to ensure all youth have the opportunity, motivation and access to play sports regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, ability or Zip Code, was developed from Pres. Trump’s Executive Order 13824 that calls for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation. The strategy was announced by Ivanka Trump, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and members of the President’s Council on Youth Sports.
As part of NYSS, the HHS Office of Minority Health and the Office on Women’s Health is granting $6.7 million in grants across 18 communities to promote youth sports participation. The full list of grant recipients is available at Minorityhealth.hhs.gov.
Inactivity among 6- to 12-year olds (17.1 percent) and 13- to 17-year olds (18.2 percent) each declined in 2018, according to the annual SFIA Topline Report.