Aug 5, 2020

Advocacy

Thank you again for your support of the National Fitness Foundation (NFF).  We have been working diligently to advocate for youth sports since the onset of COVID-19.  Our efforts include direct outreach with politicians and major government departments.  Our hope is that our work ensures that youth sports remain a priority.

Here is a podcast interview that was done by our Executive Director, Clay Walker, at the onset of the pandemic: https://thebond.podbean.com/e/clay-walker-executive-director-national-fitness-foundation/?fbclid=IwAR344Vn2KgV1SSV8c8hrnSF-oq8K-A-m4utBG7mos2PylaaJYGhS52Lcjrg

We have also supported the creation of and marketing for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program's "PYFP at home" to ensure that America's youth are staying active and feeling the achievement of good health despite the pandemic and restrictions caused by it. 

Apr 7, 2020

NFF during COVID-19

NFF is in the midst of addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on youth sports, which will remain a concern in the United States through mid-fall of 2020 and the “new norm” for social distancing will have an impact on coaches, youth participation (affordability) and even spectators (like Seniors) who may be less likely to go back to normal.

During the last recession, youth sport participation fell from 45% in 2008 to 38% in 2014. The philanthropic ecosystem has been affected by the economy. More children than ever before are going to be in need of inclusion due to economic impacts.

It is our hope that COVID-19 has solidified a heightened appreciation for keeping kids active and will incentivize policymakers to make the necessary changes to that children can savor the value of sports for the rest of their long and healthy lives.

Supporting NFF now will continue our advocacy and allow us to remain the voice of smaller nonprofits and youth-serving athletic clubs during this time.

Dec 9, 2019

2019 Report

American Youth Sports Pledge
American Youth Sports Pledge

Earlier this final quarter of the year, The National Endowment for Youth Sports (NEYS), set out to raise its first $10,000 for youth sports programs throughout the United States, and especially programs targeting girls, disabled youth and children in economically-disadvantaged areas. 

As of December 8, 2019, we have secured $9,000 dollars and achieved the following with your support:

1)    Purchased and Distributed three Youth Fit bits to disabled youth athletes through a program called Team Up for 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children (and their families) with developmental disabilities, chronic and life-threatening illnesses. TU41 engages the sports world by matching children with teams from every competitive level – college, high school and professional. Through MVP Ceremonies, team activities and endless TU41 programs – children and families leave behind their heavy burden and receive support and compassion to improve their quality of life. TU41 offers programs supporting parents and siblings as part of caring for the child.

2)    Awarded a grant of $5,000 to Beat the Streets in New York City which develops the full human and athletic potential of urban youth and to strengthens the culture of New York City wrestling.  The award was announced at a "friend-raiser" in NYC on December 3, 2019.

3)    Hosted and important Advocacy event at Good Council high school in Olney, Maryland whereby more than 50 high school athletes and administrative personnel learned about the NEYS and signed a pledge stating that: "I pledge to all Americans that I will support national, state and local efforts to expand youth sports participation in America; and encourage volunteerism, good sportsmanship, and diversity and inclusion in youth sports programs in America".

None of this would have been possible with your support!  And, we're just getting started.

Thank you for believing in The National Endowment for Youth Sports.  

 
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