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ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE 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 encourage 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.
• 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. 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. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
• Rep. David Price (R-GA)
• Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
• Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
• Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
• Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
• Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-VA)
• Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
• Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
• Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
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.
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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 email@example.com; Elizabeth Stower (Rep. Kind) at 202-225-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Tiffany Angulo (Rep. Jordan) at 202-225-2676 or email@example.com; Kenny Palmer (Rep. Veasey) at 202-225-9897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to learning of your joining!