Blog Brief

The YSCN web site blogs will feature articles, research, and case studies on relevant issues in administration, collaboration, funding and youth development facing nonprofit sports-based youth development organizations.  Only Trial Members will have access to the full blog postings. Go to free trial membership for more information on the services being provided and how to join.

This section will provide to all web site visitors brief summaries of selected posted blogs available to trial members and a featured blog accessible to all visitors. 

Posted 01/06/2017: 5 Potential Danger Zones in the Young Athlete, Wendy LeBolt, PhD, Founder, Fit2Finish provides age-appropriate and sport-specific training to reduce injuries and improves performance. Kids need a challenge but they also need special handling. Why? Because they’re growing, and growing presents special challenges and unique demands. They’re not mini-adults meant to comply with a scaled down version of an adult exercise prescription. And they aren’t immune to the illness and injury that can come from too much, too fast; in fact they’re especially susceptible.

Posted 11/21/2016 - Featured Blog: The Making of a Long Term Partnership Between DC Scores and DC United, Bethany Rubin Henderson, Executive Director, DC Scores. Extreme inequality of opportunity exists for DC schoolchildren. 48% of DC children (~25,000 kids), primarily children of color, live in low-income households, qualify for free or reduced lunch, and attend Title I public schools where 75% of kids are not on grade level in literacy or math. It is at the core of DC SCORES’ mission and the heart of D.C. United’s community orientation to tackle these inequalities. After many years of the two organizations working together side-by-side, a partnership began in the Fall of 2015 to support the 2015 – 2016 school year. Go to Featured Blog to read full details on how partnership works.    

Posted 11/2/16:  4/28/2016  – How Nonprofits Use Strategic Planning to Accomplish Missions is a text summary of an April 28, 20016 podcast interview with Dr. Rob Sheehan of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. Summary explains five important principles for making a nonprofit's strategic plan a tool for aligning leaders and the staff to determine whether the nonprofit is supporting and meeting the goals of the strategic plan. The podcast is produced by Raffa, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in finance, management, accounting, and technology.  

Posted 10/18/16: A free, succinct 13-page e-book reviewing for nonprofit organizations 8 key steps for organizing their major donor fund raising efforts published by DonorPerfect, a donor management software company. 

Full Post 08/04/16: Why Sports-Based Youth Development
A pioneer in women’s college basketball, Pat Summit, passed away June 28, 2016 at age 64 after a five-year battle with early-onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She won eight national championships as head coach of the University of Tennessee and had 1,098 victories when she stepped down at age 59. Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote an inspiring column on Coach Summit entitled “The game is never over: …”