The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion program. HHS released the NYSS in September 2019 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13824, which called for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation.
The NYSS is the first Federal roadmap with actionable strategies to increase participation in youth sports, increase awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation, monitor and evaluate youth sports participation, and recruit and engage volunteers in youth sports programming.
NYSS aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. NYSS Champions represent organizations that are working towards achieving this vision.
As an NYSS Champion, NAYS has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. NAYS will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America.
“We know children who obtain regular physical activity gain important physical and mental health benefits, which are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are furthering the mission of the NYSS and helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”
“We are proud to be recognized as an NYSS Champion,” shares John Engh, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Youth Sports. “NAYS has worked with local recreation agencies, both private and public, for almost 40 years to ensure that children participating in youth sports have a safe and positive experience. We especially applaud the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in recognizing organizations like ours that promote the idea that positive, qualified volunteers are integral to increasing participation rates for children in sports.”
About National Alliance for Youth Sports
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) educates, equips and empowers youth sports leaders, volunteers and parents so all children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. NAYS, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, partners with more than 3,000 community-based organizations and has trained more than four million adults since 1981. To learn more about NAYS visit nays.org.
The NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by NAYS does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.
About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN) is a Federal Advisory Committee run by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. PCSFN and ODPHP accomplish this by setting national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans. PCSFN and ODPHP are part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP visit health.gov.Exercise Physical Activity Fitness Nutrition President's Council
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