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HELP ADVANCE THE P.L.A.Y.S. ACT -- ASK YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO CO-SPONSOR THIS QUALITY YOUTH SPORTS BILL TODAY!
Thank you to the nearly 100 organizations that have already come out in support of the recently introduced bill to promote quality youth sports programs, the PLAYS Act (see below for list of supporting organizations) If your organization is not listed, please encourage them to support the bill and let us know of their support.
Help advance the PLAYS Act -- ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the quality youth sports bill today!
Last year, members of the National Council of Youth Sports took to Capitol Hill to discuss with Members of Congress the benefits of youth sports and how the federal government can partner with community groups and volunteers to promote quality youth sports and the enhances youth development and safety that would entail.
The fruits of those efforts, in the form of the Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, and Safety (PLAYS) in Youth Sports Act, was introduced in late June 2015 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and already has 6 co-sponsors! You can find more about the bill at www.congress.gov and entering HR 2932 into the search field.
We need your help to increase the number of co-sponsors and advance this bill.
You can help in two ways:
1. Contact your Representative in Congress (you can find them and their contact info by visiting house.gov and entering your zip code in the upper right hand corner) and asking them to co-sponsor the bill (see below for sample email) or thank them for co-sponsoring (see below for current bill supporters)
2. Having your organization join the nearly 100 organizations that have come out in support of the PLAYS Act (see list below). Your organization can be added to the list by emailing ___________________.
*** Sample request for support email ***
As someone who recognizes the positive benefits of youth sports participation and that, through even minor quality and safety improvements, our youth sports programs around the country, with a little bit of assistance, can have an even greater positive impact on our youth.
That is why I am asking you, as my representative in Congress, to co-sponsor HR 2932, the PLAYS in Youth Sports Act, introduced by Rep. Ron Kind.
The bill would:
~ Authorize funding to provide small funding assistance to local youth sports organizations to make quality program improvements that they would not otherwise be able to afford;
~ Encourage local and state governments to establish and implement model standards for promoting healthy and safe youth sports practices in their jurisdictions; and
~ Authorizing funding for studies and prevention methods around youth sports and health and safety.
The bill does NOT:
~ Appropriate funds (rather it authorizes use of existing funding)
~ Mandate youth sports organizations comply with any new federal requirements (just provides incentives for youth organizations to adopt standards encourage within the youth sport community)
I look forward to hearing of your co-sponsoring of the bill.
List of current bill supporters in Congress:
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), bill lead sponsor
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL)
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)
List of organizations signed on in support of the bill:
National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)
A World Fit For Kids!
All American Archery
All Things Are Possible (ATAP) Foundation
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA)
American Camp Association
American College of Sports Medicine
American Softball Association
American Volleyball Coaches Association
American Youth Football
California Police Activities League (CAL-PAL)
Chantilly Youth Association
Children's National Health System
Daytona Beach, FL Convention & Visitors Bureau
DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Elite Sports College Showcases
Evansville, IN Convention & Visitors Bureau
Girls on the Run International
Growing Champions for Life
La Mirada Athletic Council
Long Island CVB & Sports Commission
Louisiana Youth Sports Network
Markel Insurance Company
National Amateur Baseball Federation
National Athletic Trainers‚€™ Association
National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
National Police Athletic League (PAL)
National Sports Concussion Coalition
National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute
Ohio Hot Stove Baseball League Inc.
One Beat CPR+AED
Pensacola Sports Association
Photographers For Kid Safety
PONY Baseball and Softball
Pop Warner Little Scholars
Pride Soccer Club
Richmond Volleyball Club
Road Runners Club of America
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado
Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance
Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
Sports Concussion Institute
Sports Doing Good
Steel Wheel's Club
Suffolk County Police Athletic League
Texas Elite Sports Association
The 34 Foundation
The Center for Sport and Physical Activity
Transition Management Solutions
USA Field Hockey
USA Volleyball, Florida Region
USA Water Polo
We Are Golf
Youth Sports Awareness Enterprise