Legislative Action

Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports

Ask your Member of Congress to join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports


The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) encourages all those that recognize the benefits of youth sports to ask their Member of Congress to join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports (or, if they are already a member, to thank them!).

The Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports serves as a bipartisan organization committed to advancing youth development and healthy lifestyles through sports among our and support and strengthen the efforts of national and local organizations tirelessly working to improve the state of youth sports in our country for the 44 million American children who participate.

Caucus co-chairs:

  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)

Other Caucus Members:

  • Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX)
  • Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
  • Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Rep. David Price (D-NC)
  • Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  • Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-VA)

History:

In 2005, the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance released the first-ever Report Card on Youth Sports in America. The report graded youth sports in five different categories - child-centered philosophy, coaching, health and safety, officiating, and parental behavior and involvement. The report card was a wakeup call that our efforts must be redoubled to provide a positive and safe sports environment for our kids. In response to the 2005 report, Congressman McIntyre launched the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports and was joined by fellow co-chair, Rep. Jim Jordan.

In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released a report on youth sports that found:

  • Physical activity is a crucial part of preventing or reducing childhood obesity.
  • Physical activity and sports in particular, can positively affect aspects of personal development among young people, such as self-esteem, goal setting, and leadership.
  • Quality of coaching remains a challenge in youth sport opportunities; however it is a key factor in maximizing the positive effects of sports.

Since its inception, the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports has teamed up with many of our nation's leading sports organizations including the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS), NFL, NCAA, PGA, US Olympic Committee, US Soccer Foundation, Pop Warner Little Scholars, National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), American College of Sports Medicine, the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute, among many others to advance legislation and policies to strength youth sports in our country.

Contacting Member of Congress:

You can locate your Members of Congress and get their contact information by visiting house.gov, entering in your zip code, and clicking on the link to the Representative; and visiting http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and selecting your state.

*** Sample request for support email ***

Dear _____________

As a supporter of youth sports, I am asking, you, as my representative in Congress, to join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports. The Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports serves as a bipartisan organization committed to advancing youth development and healthy lifestyles through sports among our and support and strengthen the efforts of national and local organizations tirelessly working to improve the state of youth sports in our country for the 44 million American children who participate.

To join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports please contact:
Jimmy Gray (Rep. Meehan) at 202-225-2011 or jimmy.gray@mail.house.gov;
Elizabeth Stower (Rep. Kind) at 202-225-5506 or elizabeth.stower@mail.house.gov;
Tiffany Angulo (Rep. Jordan) at 202-225-2676 or tiffany.angulo@mail.house.gov;
Kenny Palmer (Rep. Veasey) at 202-225-9897 or kenny.palmer@mail.house.gov

I look forward to learning of your joining!

I look forward to hearing of your co-sponsoring of the bill.

Sincerely,



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