The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) as reportedly one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champions platform.

HHS released the NYSS in September 2019 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13824, which called for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation. The NYSS is reportedly the first Federal roadmap with actionable strategies to increase participation in youth sports, increase awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation, monitor and evaluate youth sports participation, and recruit and engage volunteers in youth sports programming, according to a media release from AMSSM.

NYSS aims to unite US youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. NYSS Champions represent organizations that are working toward achieving this vision.

As an NYSS Champion, AMSSM has demonstrated the organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. AMSSM will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America, the release continues.

“We know children who obtain regular physical activity gain important physical and mental health benefits, which are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are furthering the mission of the NYSS and helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”

— ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS

“AMSSM’s members have always been strong advocates of safe youth sport opportunities for kids of all backgrounds and abilities—including free play. We are honored to be recognized by HHS as an NYSS Champion and we look forward to working with HHS to support and promote youth sports.”

— AMSSM president Tracy Ray, MD, FAMSSM

[Source(s): American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Newswise]

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