The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
seeks to make the sports experience safe, fun and healthy for ALL children. In
addition, NAYS promotes the value and importance of sports and physical activities
in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth. The Alliance
believes that participation in sports and activities develops important character
traits and lifelong values. In addition, NAYS believes that the lives of youngsters
can be positively impacted by participation in sports and physical activities
if the adults involved have proper training and information.
Fred Engh, the Alliance's current President and CEO founded the
National Alliance for Youth Sports in 1981. The organization, originally named
the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA), focused on educating
volunteer coaches on their position as a role model. The NYSCA is a volunteer coaches training program that has been utilized by more than 2 million volunteer coaches worldwide. With the realization that
volunteer coaches are only one aspect of the youth sports equation, the Board
of Directors expanded the NYSCA to form the National Alliance for Youth Sports
Today, NAYS has become the nation's leading youth sports educator
and advocate with national programs that educate administrators, coaches, officials
and parents about their roles and responsibilities in the context of youth sports,
in addition to offering youth development programs for children.
NAYS programs are provided at the local level through dynamic partnerships
with more than 3,000 community-based organizations, which include parks and
recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police Athletic leagues, YMCA/YWCAs, Catholic Youth Organizations and other independent youth service groups throughout the country. NAYS also
has a strong presence on military installations worldwide.