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National Youth Sports Week Unveils "F.A.N.S. for Youth Sports" Strengthening the Four Main Pillars of Fitness, Access, Nutrition and Safety
July 27, 2011

National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Executive Director Sally Johnson joined U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports and other prominent figures at a news conference to announce the unveiling of the 112th Congress Youth Sports Legislative Agenda during National Youth Sports Week. The event took place on Wednesday, July 27th at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Congressman McIntyre stated, "All across our country, youth sports are shaping both the physical and character development of our children. We must do our part to strengthen youth sports and ensure that our nation’s youth have every opportunity to learn the valuable lessons that youth sports offer. This agenda represents a renewed commitment to our youth and their futures."

The Youth Sports Legislative Agenda, entitled "F.A.N.S. for Youth Sports" will strengthen four main pillars of youth involvement in sports: fitness, access, nutrition and safety. The agenda is a compilation of legislation that augments the mission of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports. Each of these legislative measures included in the Agenda supports one of the four F.A.N.S. pillars. Together, these proposals will provide suitable spaces, requisite resources, invaluable instruction, and paramount protection to create an environment friendly to youth sports activities.

"The membership of the National Council of Youth Sports serves more than 44-million boys and girls in organized youth sports--representing young athletes in all sports, all demographics and of all diversities, said Sally Johnson, executive director of the National Council of Youth Sports. "The NCYS is dedicated to the four main pillars of Fitness, Access, Nutrition and Safety. And the NCYS is committed to this Youth Sports Legislative Agenda."

Johnson continued, "On behalf of the National Council of Youth Sports, we appreciate Congressman McIntyre’s recognition of all the good character qualities that youth sports bring to a more wholesome society. And for his unwavering leadership and untiring support of amateur youth sports in America…we say a heartfelt thank you."

Studies show there are many advantages to sports participation--reduced childhood obesity rates, better grades, improved attention at school, lowered health care costs, etc. Adolescents involved in sports also learn valuable lessons in character development such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. Active children equal healthier lives. There are many advantages to sports participation and leading a healthy lifestyle--reduced childhood obesity rates, better grades, improved attention at school, lowered health care costs, etc.

Congressman McIntyre founded the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports in 2006 to support legislative measures that increase the effectiveness of these benefits, and to improve the state of youth sports in this country for the 50 million American children who participate.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YOUTH SPORTS
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is the go-to organization for services and resources in youth sports. Founded in 1979, the NCYS leads the amateur youth sports industry in promoting and enhancing the value of participation through advocacy and education. Its membership comprises the who's who in the amateur youth sports industry representing more than 185 organizations serving 60-million registered participants.

NCYS’ goal is to preserve the integrity of organized youth sports while strengthening the performance of youth sports administrators. The NCYS reach is broad and deep into the grassroots of America's heartland with a passion to create a better, more wholesome society in America. NCYS is well-known for advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and communities. NCYS is committed to enhancing the youth sports experience in America. To learn more about the NCYS, visit www.ncys.org


CONTACT:
National Council of Youth Sports
Sally S. Johnson, Executive Director
(772) 781-1452
sally@ncys.org