SBYD NewsBrief: The Latest in Sports-Based Youth Development 

The Youth Sports Collaborative Network's free e-newsletter was previously named YSCN Update. In January 2021, YSCN changed the name to SBYD NewsBrief to reinforce the importance of the Sports-Based Youth Development model to teach sports.  We call this the SBYD Way!

Sports Based Youth Development (SBYD) is a validated model of youth development that uses the delivery of sport intentionally and primarily to achieve  positive non-sports-based outcomes. These outcomes include social emotional learning (SEL); critical pro-social relationship skills such as fair play, playing by the rules and teamwork; respect for your opponent; better academic performance and educational attainment; and improved health and wellness.

SBYD News Brief will continue to provide brief announcements on programs and services at the Youth Sports Collaborative Network and news from members. Reporting will also include SBYD related research, health and wellness youth development, foundation activities, youth sports and development events, and relevant government legislation and regulations.

Anyone may subscribe to SBYD NewsBrief, but only YSCN members and partners will be given preference for their news/announcement in the e-newsletter. Read the first issue (February10, 2021) of the NewsBrief below.

Past E-newsletters

February 10, 2021 
A Youth Sports Collaborative Network E-newsletter 
One of the things he talked about was making goodness attractive, and I think that's something that we can try to do, and it's quite an assignment, said Joan Rodgers, talking about her husband Fred Rogers, host of Mr Rodgers ' Neighborhood, in a 2018 TEDx Talk.
In this issue --
LEARN -  YSCN's SBYD Survey Impact Report / SEL Research Report
CONNECT - Dick's Foundation / Urban Soccer Symposium in March
ADVOCATE -  2/11 Webinar on New Federal Paycheck Protection Program

YSCN's SBYD National Survey Results on Program Impact was released in advance to YSCN members and the 82 SBYD nonprofits that took the survey. Survey was taken in September. These 82 programs served over 156,000 youth in the 2018 - 2019 school year, and 146,000 at the time of March pandemic lock down. The survey is powered by the UpMetrics impact analytics platform.
Even though 71% of the programs reported providing their youth with virtual content and communications with coaches, the survey found nonprofits were regularly in touch with only 16% of their 146,000 March registered youth after the COVID lockdown. These 82 programs provide over 29 different sports/fitness activities, and 20 different non-sport youth development programs with mentoring, homework help and literacy support the top 3. 
A second report is being finalized on operational issues --sources of funding, staffing stability and participation in the Paycheck Protection Program. View a copy of the survey questionnaire  to see what data was collected.  Only the 82 survey respondents and YSCN members receive the full results.  Learn how to join YSCN.

Click here for news release on the survey's program impact report.

Navigating the Changing Volunteer Landscape is a February 11 (2pm EST) free webinar from YSCN partner Sterling Volunteers. YSCN members receive special pricing on Sterling's background checks. Webinar will discuss how pandemic is impacting volunteer engagement and current data on volunteer rates. Register 
Laureus recently released new research on Social and Emotional Learning Outcomes for youth in SBYD programs. The research evaluated 10,000 youth in 60 programs. Research found 5% more boys in SBYD programs develop SEL compared to boys in non-sports programs. Obtain the report

YSCN partner GWU Sports Philanthropy held its Insider Call (Passcode: 0ide%uJ0) with Aimee Watters of Dicks Sporting Good Foundation. Ms. Watters reviewed Dick's grant program for 501c3s along with tips for a successful grant proposal. NOTE: Still time to apply for GWU's Spring Philanthropy Certificate program. Employees of YSCN members receive a $500 scholarship. Learn More
For small youth sports nonprofits, less than 5000 coaches who are coaching in underserved communities, can receive the coaches training being provided by the 1 Million Coaches Trained by 2025 initiative. Nonprofits must require training for their coaches. Training includes positive youth development and social emotional learning. More Details
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is holding its 2021 Urban Soccer Symposium March 25 & 26 as a free virtual event. YSCN is conducting a session, SBYD Growth: Changing Government Policy & Increase Funding Through Advocacy and Research, with South Bronx United and UpMetrics. Symposium programming is designed to meet the needs of all SBYD nonprofits. Register & Program Details

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 contains over $900B in COVID-relief provisions, including funds to expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other pandemic relief options. YSCN Fundraising Software Partner Network for Good, YSCN members receive a 10% discount on NFG software, recently held a webinar to help nonprofits effectively navigate this latest economic stimulus package including eligibility criteria and applying for PPP along with latest changes to the PPP loans forgiveness rules.

Register to view webinar

February 18, 2020 
A Youth Sports Collaborative Network Communications Brief
Shame on us if we don't use our platform to help others - - David Stern, former NBA Commissioner, quoted by Kathy Behrens, President for Social Responsibility & Player Programs of the NBA, at his memorial service In January. 
In this issue --
ADVOCATE -  YSCN Testifies Before DC Council's Education Cmte
CONNECT - Dick's Donates $5 Million 
LEARN -   A Teen Girl Learns to Love Herself

YSCN convened a dozen DC-based SBYD Nonprofits on January 22 to meet each other and discuss common challenges. Challenges included transporting kids to programs, sustainable funding, and DC after-school funding could decline.
To counter DC funding decline, YSCN created an online survey that nine SBYD delivering programs to DC children took. The aggregate survey results then were presented in YSCN's testimony.  Read the testimony to discover the nine who took the survey, number of children served, one year growth, ages of children and sources of funding.

Last month we began announcing new Founding Members of the Youth Sports Collaborative Network. We continue this month welcoming Algonquin Sports for Kids, Confident Girl Mentoring, G.I.R.L.S. Foundation, Girls Golf, The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY/Youth Advantage Buffalo, Victory Sports Global Outreach, and WNY Lacrosse Foundation.  

Take advantage of the leap year, submit a membership application by February 29 to become a Founding Member of YSCN. 
Review Member Benefits

The Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation is supporting US Soccer Foundation's United for Girls initiative through a $5 million, three-year partnership. Goal is to engage 100,000 girl's from underserved communities and recruit female coach-mentors in USSF's programs by 2023.  More Details.

Google discontinued its One Day Donation App on February 6 because it had been losing users in recent years. Users could donate as little as $1. Details

A Students Run LA runner, Isabela, was featured in SRLA's February e-newsletter. Isabela had spent her life being told not to love her body. Read her blog on how SRLA helped her, Learning to Love Myself.

September 16, 2019
Stream Project Play Summit Tomorrow

In this issue --
LEARN About Laureus Survey Finding on State of SBYD in 2019
CONNECT Tuesday with Project Play Summit via Streaming
ADVOCATES Support Sport for UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Laureus 2019 State of Sport Survey contains 30 pages of data on SBYD programs from 40+ cities in 30 states. Data includes demographics of staff, leadership and youth, staff salaries, program sports and locations. Laureus found issues around transportation (prohibitively costly, unreliable public systems, lack of safe walking) as the greatest barrier organizations face in reaching more young people over the last two years. Download the Survey Report  
Aspen Institute's Project Play Summit is being held for the first time at Motor City, Sept 17 & 18. Leading up to the Summit, Aspen's Sport and Society released several reports including their annual national State of Play for 2019 along with local reports on Seattle and Hawaii. Aspen concludes that "kids from the lowest-income homes are more than three times as likely to be physically inactive"
If you are not attending the Summit, several sessions are being streamed liveText me at 301-580-6630 if you are there.
Tackling What's Next is an afternoon program on September 23  in Vienna, VA that features former professional athletes and athlete advisors to discuss career options for athletes, including a session on Teaming up With Your CommunityProgram & Registration 
Beyond Sports 2019 conference featured sessions/speakers that advocated for achieving through sports one or more of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for our planet by 2030. SBYD programs directly support several of those goals -- good health and wellness, quality education, gender equality, and reduce inequalities. Who supports this effort? Why all the major professional leagues in the U.S. and SAP that hosted the event in their NYC office. 
To further promote is SDGs, the UN is holding The SDG Impact Awards. The Awards represent an unprecedented international opportunity for organizations to showcase their own initiatives that acknowledge and support the SDGs. Link to submit your award application

April 9, 2019
Growing Your SBYD Nonprofit

I never lose, I either win or learn.  - Nelson Mandela 
This issue provides
Insights on Growing SBYD Programs
Study on Team Sports Lowering Depression in Boys
Guidelines on Social & Emotional Coaching
DC Nonprofits Need to Re-register to Maintain Tax Exemption
YSCN's Founding Exec Dir brought together at the 2019 Urban Soccer Symposium Founders and Executive Directors from America SCORES NY; Backyard Sports Cares in Westchester County NY, Girls on the Run Montgomery County of MD, Harlem Lacrosse of Baltimore, LA, NY and Boston; and Soccer in the Streets Atlanta. Panelist revealed their capacity building challenges during early stage nonprofit development, the past 2 years, and the next 2 years. 
All agreed if Board Directors are not contributing to your nonprofit's funding then should not be on the Board, with one volunteering Director contribution needs to be $40K. 
A detailed written session summary and session slides are now available to the public until May 8 in the blog section of the YSCN web site. After that the blog section will be closed to members only.  Comments, including questions may be posted by anyone who subscribed to this e-newsletter on the YSCN website. 
New research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to less depression in boys ages 9 to 11. While girls showed similar brain development to boys from sports, there was "no additional association with depression." Correlational relationship between brain development and lower depression was strongest for team or structured sports. 
For additional perspective on this positive effect of sports see the Balancing Act column in the Chicago Tribune.

The Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program partnered with the National Commission on Social, Emotional & Academic Development to publish Calls for Coaches: Coaching Social, and Emotional Skills in Youth Sports and a Practice Checklist. This brief provides 7 calls coaches should follow including Know Every Athlete's Story and Celebrate Effort.
In addition, Aspen Institute held a two hour Forum in March on the Future of Coaching, available online,  that included former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, University of Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski, Washington Mystics player Natasha Cloud and a thoughtful youth panel on what they want from a coach. Note for video need to advance 10 minutes to get to the opening speaker.

DC nonprofits will need to provide a copy of the IRS determination letter approving their tax-exempt status. If the determination letter is more than four years old, organizations will need to obtain an affirmation letter from the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. To request an affirmation letter visit the IRS site.

January 22, 2019
Sports Betting: A New Funding Source for SBYD Programs?

Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true educationMartin Luther King Jr
The readers of the Sports Business Journal in its annual end of the year survey overwhelmingly (62%) selected the Supreme Court's 2018 decision to permit sports betting in the U.S. as the biggest sports business story of the year. And not surprisingly in another survey of 2,000 senior level sports business executives predicted sports betting will be the biggest sports story in 2019. 
But why should SBYD programs for underserved children care? Please read why below along with how to learn more about earning a GWU'S Sports Philanthropy Certificate and the winner of the drawing for a free 2019 YSCN Membership. 
With the 2018 Supreme Court decision overturning the 1992 federal law that banned sports betting except in a few states, there was an immediate interest by many states to legalize betting as a new source of revenue. In addition to NV and DE that operated in the overturned law, MS, NJ, PA, RI and DC passed sports betting laws in 2018 and state tax rates on gross gaming revenues ranging from 6.75% to 36%. It is estimated that as many as 20 other states could approve sports betting in 2019.
It is reported that gross gaming revenue in NJ for the month of September was over $23 million. Even if all revenue was taxed at the lower 8.5% retail rate, that's $1.9 million going to the state for one month. There are many issues that states need to address in legislation to make sports betting possible, but it's never too early to introduce into the debate that this new tax revenue should support sports for underserved children as is being successfully done in other countries such as Norway. 
Accordingly, YSCN presented this argument in a 2-page paper, The Social Benefit for Sports Betting: Funding Youth Sports, for state legislators.YSCN has already sent the paper to the National Council of State Legislators for Gaming States to distribute to their members. Paper takes no position on whether a state should legalize sports betting, only if a state does legalize sports betting why it should allocate the funds to SBYD programs.
As a member association, YSCN advocates for the needs and interests of its member SBYD organizations before government policy makers, foundations, businesses and the general public for more funds and resources. Anyone interested in being involved in educating their state legislators and/or getting a copy of our paper should contact [email protected]

As we reflect upon #MLKDay, we think about personal and professional goals. One of which is to continue to learn and push ourselves to new heights. The George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Executive Certificate goes beyond offering online lectures and topical conference calls. It works individually with you on specific interests and needs by providing additional resources, faculty consultation, and mentoring. To learn more, join the online Information sessions on either January 22nd or 29that 5:30pm eastern or call +1-646-876-9923,,457256678# US (New York) +1-669-900-6833,,457256678# US (San Jose). Also contact [email protected] or 301-440-8044 to set up a time to speak to a representative. For More Info Visit GW offers employees of YSCN members a $500 scholarship. 

Alexandria Soccer Association in Virginia was randomly selected among all who had the right answer -- lions, and tigers and bears Oh My and spoken by Dorothy in the movie Wizard of Oz -- to our December e-newsletter quiz. We love to offer everyone a free membership, but this is not possible. Our annual dues are structured to reflect members' ability to pay, namely their annual revenue, and our benefits include cost savings for essential services.

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