Play Like a Champion Recognized by President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition as a NYSS Champion

Official Press Release: Play Like a Champion Today becomes an NYSS Champion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize Play Like a Champion Today as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion. The NYSS, released in September 2019, 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. 

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize Play Like a Champion Today as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion. The NYSS, released in September 2019, 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 a NYSS Champion, Play Like a Champion Today has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. Play Like a Champion Today is 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.”

Play Like a Champion’s Executive Director, Dr. Clark Power comments, “Play Like a Champion understands the total value of youth sports as well as the challenges that surround the current sport climate. Our organization is perfectly aligned with the NYSS mission to work toward an environment in which all youth have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. We pledge to work together collaboratively with other national organizations united to reach the common goal of creating A Team for Every Child.”

About Play Like a Champion Today

Play Like a Champion Today is a national nonprofit organization that provides educational, consulting, and project management services to youth sport organizations across the county. Its mission is to transform youth sports so that all children, regardless of their ability or their family’s income, can play sports in a safe and nurturing environment. Play Like a Champion’s A Team for Every Child Initiative collaborates with community leaders in underserved communities to support increased participation in youth sports for all children. www.playlikeachampion.org and www.ateamforeverychild.org

 

The NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by Play Like a Champion Today 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.

For more information, please contact Kristin Sheehan, Program Director at Play Like a Champion Today.

Phone: (574) 250-6425   Email: information@playlikeachampion.org.

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