ESPN grant recipients for Start Smart program announced

ESPN grant recipients for Start Smart program announced


Thanks to the continuing support of ESPN Inc., 10 recreation agencies nationwide are getting the chance to run the popular Start Smart Sports Development Programs in their communities at no cost.

ESPN Inc. provided a $10,000 donation to the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) to fund its Start Smart programs in deserving communities. Recreation agencies applied for the grants, and recipients were chosen by NAYS based on many factors, including financial need and community demand.

“We are so thankful for ESPN’s continued support of our Start Smart programs,” said Andy Parker, Director of Youth Development for NAYS. “We have 10 terrific recreation agencies that we have chosen that are thrilled to have this opportunity to offer Start Smart and provide both children and their parents with a wonderful experience.”

The grant recipients are:

New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, New Port Richey, FL

Plainville Recreation Commission, Plainville, KS

Granger Parks and Recreation, Granger, IA

Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Broadview Heights, OH

San Lucy District, Gila Bend, AZ

YMCA of Dyer County, Dyersburg, TN

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, Jackson, WY

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation, Davisburg, MI

City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita, CA

Airway Heights Parks and Recreation, Spokane, WA

Start Smart was developed by top motor skill development specialists in the field of youth sports. Parent-child groups perform motor skill tasks that gradually build confidence in children while they are having fun at the same time. Start Smart participants develop proper motor skills without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt.

Start Smart features sport-specific programs for baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis, as well as a general program covering basic motor skills applicable to all sports.

Start Smart Move and Play was also unveiled earlier this year, which teaches children (ages 2-3) the basic fine and gross motor skills necessary to create a solid foundation for future skills and activities that are part of everyday life.

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