This section features brief news announcements about and for nonprofits providing sports-based youth development programs with links to more complete information. YSCN Update, the e-newsletter of the Youth Sports Collaborative Network, contains these and other timely news announcements. To receive YSCN Update, sign up now

APRIL 2019: YSCN submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers by supporting ASAE's opposition to ICANN's proposal to remove the maximum price caps of 10% per year on the .org top-level domain (TLD).  YSCN's comments added the importance of a web site and the site's URL to provide essential low-cost communications. Approximately 3000 comments have submitted and nearly all in opposition to ICANN's proposal to remove any annual price cap. 

FEBRUARY 2019: The U.S. Supreme Court decision in May 2018 to permit states to legalize sports betting is expected to result in most states legalizing betting and taxing the resulting new revenue over the next few years. YSCN published a paper on why states should allocate such new taxation to youth sports and in particular youth sports programs for low income children. A second paper that identifies the benefits to the state of Maryland for allocating betting funds for youth sports is available by contacting [email protected]

AUGUST 2018: “It never really saved me from a lifestyle that might lead to trouble; it made me so I didn’t need to be saved from that lifestyle,” 17 year old Xavier Boone of Washington, DC explained about the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) program. WTEF started DC’s Citi’s Open Professional Tournament 50 years ago and applies a portion of the proceeds to tennis and educational programs for underserved children in DC like Xavier who has been in the program since 5th grade. The after school program dedicates 90 minutes to homework and then 90 minutes to tennis.  The tournament and WTEF program was a featured Washington Post sports article.

JULY 2018: The Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) from US Community Stores provides grants of $5K - $10K to non-profits (501c3 or schools) that "make physical activity, play and sport a highly valued part of everyday life." Nonprofits must be providing service at one of the following communities -- East Los Angeles, South Chicago, downtown Detroit, New Orleans, Washington DC’s Ivy City neighborhood or Flatbush, Brooklyn. Grants are awarded in November. Click here to go to the Nike Community Impact page.

JUNE 2018: The Target youth soccer grants program provides support for player registration fees, player and field equipment, and training and professional development for volunteer coaches. Any eligible school, government agency, non-profit organization or non-profit regional/local soccer organization within the U.S., serving in-need youth 5 to 18 years old, can apply. Details Here.

MAY 2018:  Project Play released its state of play for kids and sports in East Harlem, New York City. Report includes a survey of more than 1500 local youth and analyzes the challenges E. Harlem youth face in accessing quality sport opportunities. Only 24% or males and 15% of females from E. Harlem met the Center for Disease Controls recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity vs nationwide statistics of 36% male and 17% female. Click here to download the report for free. 

APRIL 2018: Beyond Sports just announced they are now taking applications for their Annual Awards. Deadline for applications for the 10 awards categories are May 10.  Awards recipients will be presented September 12 in New York City where individual awards winners can receive up to $50,000. For more details.

MARCH 2018: Rob Smith, YSCN's executive director, attended and presented at the March Urban Soccer Symposium's Networking Poster Session new soccer specific data from its 2017 SBYD survey and research report. Here are the highlights:
  • Soccer represented 58% of the 64 programs that took the survey, Soccer was the #1 sport offered,
  • Of the 58%, 46% only offered soccer, while 54% also offered other sports,
  • Soccer only programs increased the number of children served by 31% in 2016, while the average increase for all programs surveyed was 26%,
  • Age Groups Served (Soccer Only vs All Surveyed Programs): 2 to 4 - 18% vs 6%, 5 to11 - 100% vs 84%, 12 to 14 - 94% vs 83%, and 15 to 19 - 71% vs 63%, 

FEBRUARY 2018: DREAMER College Scholarship: SBYD Programs with high school DREAMers that could qualify for college should look into the national scholarship program that has a March 1, application deadline. Jeff Bezos just made a $33 million donation to the program. Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of their Partner Colleges. 

JANUARY 2018: The National Park and Recreation Association made the YSCN report, State of Sports-Based Youth Development in the U.S., its lead story in its RecReport newsletter written for Recreation, Sports and Fitness Facility Managers. RecReport has 50,000 subscribers. 

DECEMBER 2017: In its first national survey of U.S. nonprofits providing sports-based youth development (SBYD) programs for low-income children, the Youth Sports Collaborative Network (YSCN) found the number of children in these programs grew by 26% in 2016. Of the 64 programs that volunteered to take the survey, 72% saw growth in the number of children in their programs from 2015 to 2016. 

The survey revealed that these programs provided 26 different types of sport and fitness activities, with individual programs serving from as few as 12 to as many as 20,000 children. The top 5 sports being provided are in order: soccer, basketball, running, lacrosse and volleyball. Further, 59% of the participating programs offered one sport, while 41% offered multiple sports.

The survey results, along with other youth sports research, can be found in “State of Sports-Based Youth Development in the U.S  -- Helping America’s Most Vulnerable Children.”  Click here to order a copy of the report.

AUGUST 2017: Funding Op - Target is awarding $1,000 annual grants to charitable organizations, schools and public agencies in the U.S. that offer youth soccer programs. Deadline is before noon August 30th to submit grant applications. Click here for details.

JUNE 2017: Giving USA 2017 Annual Report provides comprehensive data on Philanthropy in 2016.  Individual Americans contributed 72% of a record $390.5 billion received by U.S. charities in 2016. Foundations contributed 15% of the total contributions and corporations 5%. Of the 10 major contribution categories, human services, which includes youth development, recreation and sports along with several other major subcategories, was the 3rd highest at 12% of the the total contributions ($46.80 billion and a 4% increase from 2015). The 2 year growth rate (2015 and 2016) in human services (8.1%) exceeded the 2 year growth rate in total giving (6.8%).

MAY 2017: Donor Retention Rate Weak - Based on 10,829 reporting nonprofits, the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Report  states the average donor retention rate in 2016 was 45 percent; 0.5% change from 2015’s rate. The gift or dollar retention rate was 48 percent, no change from 2015. Over the last 10 years, donor and gift or dollar retention rates have consistently been weak averaging below 50 percent.

APRIL 2017: April 20 in Baltimore - A fun Putt- Putt Charity event (4 - 10pm) organized by Level The Playing Field (LTPF) at the Mount Vernon Marketplace. The event features a custom 9 hole mini-golf course built by local artists. All donations go to LTPF which collects used/excess sporting equipment donated to Title I/Charter Schools and youth/after-school programs.

MARCH 2017: Charity Giving in 2016 - Research by fund raising software company Blackbaud is based on data from 6,845 nonprofit organizations representing $23 billion in total fund raising of which $2.6 billion was online. Total giving grew 1% in 2016 over 2015, down from 1.6% growth in 2015 and 2.1% in 2014. Total online giving grew 7.9% compared to 2015, with organizations $1 million - $10 million realizing 11.4% growth and those under $1 million 8.1%. Full report (17 pages) free at this link.

JANUARY 2017: One Billion Dollars - This is the amount that the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation will spend over the next decade to sunset the Foundation in support of effective nonprofits that improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Click here for details.

NOVEMBER 2016: Nonprofits are finding millennials as a new source of volunteers. The Corporation for National and Community Services estimated 21.7% of millennials volunteered nationally in 2014,  while Washington, DC had a higher rate of 27.2%. Click here for more on millennials volunteering.

OCTOBER 2016: A simple check box for citizens of Gaithersburg, MD to request fees to participate in organized city youth sports be waived increased participation by almost 80% for children who attended high poverty schools. Read full details in the Washington Post

SEPTEMBER 2016: National Soccer Coaches Association of America released the first interactive online course developed to educate soccer coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques. The course also demonstrates exercises to strengthen neck muscles. The 30-minute course titled ‘Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™' is available at no charge on with an NSCAA Diploma awarded upon completion.

JUNE 2016: Sports and Fitness Industry Association research found that 68% of all U.S. children, ages 6-17, are not physically active at least three times a week or more. Further, 9.5 million U.S. children admitted that they were not physically active at least once in the past year in any one of 100+ sports or activities.  And, the numbers are getting worse. Read More.