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Second Week of July "National Youth Sports" week

June 28, 2006 09:48 AM

Full report on National Recreation and Park Association Web site

The following information was gathered from the recital section of U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 826:

  • About 42 million children participate in organized sports each year
  • Children participating in organized sports tend to perform better in school, develop excellent interpersonal skills and lead healthier lives
  • Organized youth sports help children increase their self-esteem, develop an appreciation of health and fitness, and become leaders within the community
  • Organized youth sports provide for regular physical activity and help combat increasing rates of childhood obesity
  • Far too many children quit participating in youth sports at a young age, many telling coaches and parents, ‘‘It just wasn’t fun anymore.’’
  • Designating the second week in July as National Youth Sports Week would raise awareness of the important physical and emotional benefits of participating in youth sports and the need to promote sportsmanship among players, parents, coaches, and officials

On June 19, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H. Res. 826) designating the second week of July as National Youth Sports week by a 311-0 vote.  This comes on the heels of the May launch of the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus, of which the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) is a leading member.

The NRPA is pleased that National Youth Sports week will coincide and compliment the National Recreation and Parks month, which will be held in July 2006.

 

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