National Coach Appreciation Week passed by House of Representatives

9/17/2009

Coaches have long served as the backbone of youth sports, nurturing generations of minds, bodies and souls. Thanks to the efforts of the Up2Us Coalition these special individuals are now being recognized for their efforts through a House resolution that recognizes Sept. 13-19, 2009 as National Coach Appreciation Week.
 
On Monday, Sept. 14, the House of Representatives voted and unanimously approved the National Coach Appreciation Week Resolution.
 
Last January, Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports Co-chairs U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and the Up2Us Coalition crafted and submitted a resolution (HRES 6 IH) calling for a national effort to increase the number of adults coaching youth sports by recognizing their critical role in young people’s lives during National Coach Appreciation Week.

"Coach Appreciation Week is a time to recognize the contributions of coaches across the U.S. who engage youth in sports programs and serve as leaders, mentors, and role models," said Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports. "It is also an opportunity to recruit new volunteers to be coaches in communities that lack sports programs and adult role models to lead them."
 
In support of the initiative, the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) urged all of its members and affiliates to contact their local representatives to recognize the bill.
 
"I know firsthand the important role coaches play in helping to instill the values of hard work and commitment in young people on and off the field," said Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC), a former NFL quarterback. "Coach Dietz, my high school football coach, has had a powerful impact on my life. During high school, he influenced me more than anyone outside my immediate family, challenging me to improve myself. When I was elected to Congress, I knew I had to surround myself with the best staff I could, and he was one of my first hires."
 
Up2Us seeks to increase the impact of, and access to, youth sports as a tool for positive youth development. With more than 200 member organizations, Up2Us is focused on increasing the quality and quantity of youth sports programs, involving more children in sport-based youth development programs, and engaging more adults to work and volunteer with these programs. For more information, visit www.Up2Us.org.
 
The Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports was founded in 2006 and is co-chaired by Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH).  The Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports works in a bipartisan fashion to promote the values of sportsmanship, civility, respect, health, safety, fun and physical activity among players and leaders, including coaches, parents and officials. The purpose of this caucus is to educate Members of Congress, the media, and the public on the need to restore a child-centered focus in youth sports that will produce immeasurable positive benefits for the well-being and character development among this nation's youth.
 
 

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