National Youth Sports Week Recognized by Congress
National Youth Sports Week, July 16-22, was recognized by the 115th Congress in House Resolution 435 by several members of the House of Representatives. The original co-sponsors including Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3), Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI-5), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-9), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-4), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-At Large), Rep. Madeline Bordallo (D-GU-At Large), Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI-2) introduced the resolution.
The resolution “recognizes the millions of youth in this nation benefitting from youth sports and the parents, volunteers, and local and national organizations that make youth sports in this country possible.”
The resolution recognizes National Youth Sports Week July 16-22 and said: “youth sports play an important role as the conduit through which children learn important life lessons, values, compassion and good ethics, and it is that relationship between sports skills and life skills that provides our young athletes with the fundamentals they need to succeed both on and off the playing field.”
The resolution also recognized the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) as the “go-to resource for youth sports safety programs” and its 60,000 registered participants in organized amateur youth sports programs.
H. Res. 435 highlights positive benefits of youth sports participation such as academic performance, increased school attendance, lower school dropout rates and higher graduation rates, health and physical behaviors, including improved health factors and prevention of obesity, chronic diseases and other health problems. The resolution also said children who participate in youth sports develop good character and have lower instances of substance abuse, less instances of misconduct and high self-esteem, including being less aggressive than their peers.
In addition, the resolution says sporting activities that lower barriers to participation for youth with disabilities foster an inclusive environment for all children to develop confidence and higher levels of fitness.
For more information on the resolution or to encourage your representative to co-sponsor the bill, please contact Representative Kind at (202) 225-5506.