Coalition Update: October 2021
For more than 18 months, this Coalition has continued to be united by, and for, you.
We’re united beyond logos. We’re united as a means for supporting national and local actions that will transform the youth sports industry, creating a legacy of equitable access that will directly improve life for generations of young people in communities around the country.
The PLAY Sports Coalition recently signed onto support for one of those local initiatives, Chicago’s Comeback.
Sport for Good Chicago, an initiative of Laureus USA made up of more than 80 local organizations, came together to launch Chicago’s Comeback — a campaign to raise awareness around the important role sport can play in helping young people heal, grow, and thrive as they return to in-person programs, including school.
This campaign encourages us all to join PLAYS, other Coalition member organizations and Chicago residents to sign a Letter of Support calling on legislative stakeholders and funders to prioritize sustained, year-over-year funding for local sports-based youth development programs as they seek an equitable post-pandemic recovery.
Read the official announcement for further details.
Show our industry how we’re united by, and for, each other by joining the Coalition in signing the Chicago’s Comeback Letter of Support and sharing across your social media channels.
AT THE PROJECT PLAY SUMMIT
The PLAY Sports Coalition’s Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, who also serves as the Head of Community & Impact and President of FundPlay at LeagueApps, joined New York State Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Orrick’s Julie Pearlman at The Aspen Institute’s 2021 Project Play Summit for a session called “How to Get Your State to Fund Youth Sports.” The virtual event, moderated by Project Play’s Marty Fox, featured a discussion on developing a roadmap for making the case for your state to fund youth sports programs through allocations of funds generated from legalized sports betting.
“Sport needs to be preserved. Identifying opportunities, like New York, to band together and supporting the effort to carve out legislation to get additional funding for youth sports was really important.” — Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Interim Executive Director, PLAY Sports Coalition
STATE OF PLAY 2021
Aspen Institute’s Project Play also unveiled its 2021 State of Play, an annual survey of data and trends across the youth sports industry. Access the report now.
IN THE NEWS
The state recently became the 26th to legalize sports betting and funding has been allocated in the state’s General Fund, which will allow state legislators the ability to allocate a portion of revenue to youth sports — similar to New York State. Read more from the Tucson Sentinel.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved using $1.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to reduce or eliminate sports and camp registration feeds for children, helping to get 15,000 to 20,000 kids out playing again. Read more from the Times of San Diego.
The Amherst County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $2.3 million from the federal stimulus package to address effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including $50,000 to aid youth sports organizations in the county through grants. Read more from the Amherst New Era-Progress.
Senator Tim Kennedy announced that South Buffalo’s Okell Park and its baseball fields will soon undergo renovations driven by $3.3 million in state funding. Read more from Spectrum News.