Members of the SportsEngine team and its subsidiary, National Center for Safety Initiatives, (NCSI) will join other members of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) to participate in a Virtual Hill Day with Congressional leaders to advocate for federal relief for community organizations, youth sports providers and families. As part of National Youth Sports Day, NCYS scheduled this series of Congressional meetings to educate lawmakers on the importance of youth sports to young people, families, and communities.
The youth sports industry, comprised almost entirely of volunteers, nonprofits, and small businesses, has been impacted greatly by the cancellation of youth sports due to the pandemic. The economic losses suffered by this forced pause, while not unique to youth sports, disproportionately impacts under-resourced communities.
SportsEngine along with NCYS and its members have been at the forefront of the PLAY Sports Coalition (#unite2PLAY), which stands for Promoting Local and Youth Sports, a unique coalition of 3,700 community and national sports organizations formed to support young athletes, working families, coaches and volunteers across all 50 states, particularly those in underserved areas, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Their efforts earned the attention of Congressman Max Rose (D-NY), who introduced HR 7562: the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act, which is one of the primary pieces of legislation supported by Hill Day Participants.
“We are honored to represent the youth sports community and the organizations we serve through this year’s Virtual Hill Day,” stated SportsEngine’s Director of Safety Program Operations, Ryan Hurley. “We believe in the importance of advocating for the vital role youth sports plays in our community and how crucial it is that youth serving organizations receive the support they need to enable children to have a safe return to play.“
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is nationally recognized as a leading advocate for young people to have full access to sports participation and to ensure that games are played in safe environments. As the largest organization in America serving the industry, NCYS serves 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs. Its members are recognized as gatekeepers, key decision-makers, influencers and advocates for youth sports participation. for more information, please visit www.ncys.org. SportsEngine and its subsidiary, NCSI, are proud to be members of NCYS.
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To learn more visit: https://playsportscoalition.org/contact-your-representative/