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 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.

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Recent SBYD NewsBrief

August 29, 2022   July 21, 2022

A Youth Sports Collaborative Network E-newsletter 

Special YSCN Membership Campaign -- Join our national association for sports-based youth development organizations anytime from August to October, and the 12 month membership will be extended through December 2023. Details

PeacePlayers held in late July its Friendship Games attended by 200 participants -- staff and coaches, alumni, and guests spent a week traveling to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Caesarea. The games were the first ever in-person 5 site global convening. Games were founded and inspired by Ed and Penelope Peskowitz.

As part of the 2022 All-Star Legacy Projects, Up2Us is partnering with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and MLBinvestment of $1.3 million over the next 3 years to further sports-based youth development programming focusing on mentorship, recruitment, and training of baseball and softball coaches who work with youth in Los Angeles communities experiencing social injustice.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will launch in November their grassroots basketball initiative in 11 US markets. The Jr. NBA Leagues, a national network of youth basketball leagues for boys and girls ages 6-14, specifically addresses access and equity issues that were exacerbated during the pandemic. Goal to reach half a million boys and girls by 2027.

US Soccer Foundation launched with adidas the Just Ball League to provide free, competitive neighborhood soccer in New York City and Los Angeles this fall. Mini-pitches will serve as league hubs.

While the Biden Administration just announced a federal student loan forgiveness up to $10,000, nonprofit employees with federal student loans may also qualify for The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver. A NYC nonprofit executive explains the process that worked for him. Note the October 31 application deadline.

pre-pandemic study tracked the mental health and sports participation of more than 11,000 kids ages 9 to 13 from across the US based on parental reports instead of asking kids. The study found youth who played individual sports tend to face more mental health difficulties than peers who played no sports, and those who played team sports were less likely to experience these mental health issues than those who didn't play sports. Summary Analysis in Smithsonian.

Dial 988 -- Anyone experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis can call or text 988 or chat with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline from anywhere in the US. It is free, confidential and available 24/7/365. More Details

Data from the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher grades are more likely to engage in physical activity compared to students with lower grades. 66% of US high school students with mostly A’s played on at least one sports team (run by their school or community groups during the 12 months before the survey), compared to only 42% of students with D/F’s.

See CDC Infographic on Health Benefits of Physical Activity.

In only 6 months, NY is #1 in mobile sports betting tax revenue! With a 51% tax rate, the highest state tax rate in the US, New York collected $284 million from February - July. For a whole year the $5 million allocated from this tax to the state grant program for nonprofits providing sports to under-served youth will represent less than 1% of the entire annual tax revenue collected.

The PLAYS in Youth Sports Act has been introduced by Congressman Colin Allred (D -TX) due to the efforts of the Play Sports Coalition. The bill sets up a $65 million grant program by the CDC for national and local nonprofits that "can demonstrate a track record and plan for serving low-income and under-resourced communities, as well as providers of adaptive sports programming." Summary Details


July 21, 2022 

A Youth Sports Collaborative Network E-newsletter 

"Although they often arrive at the mini-pitch speaking different languages, [children] are able to communicate through the 'soccer language.' Through this universal language, children leave with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime." - Ricky from outside of Portland, OR.
US Soccer Foundation opened last month its 500th mini-pitch, half its goal of building 1,000 by 2026. The 500 are in 341 locations - check the mini-pitch map for a location near you. The Foundation welcomes suggestions for placement of the next 500.

Beat the Streets wrestling
 held in Chicago on June 30 its Inaugural National Duals
tournament providing friendly competition and fellowship for 200 boys and girls, grades 7 through 12, from 9 different US cities. Fundraising was also associated with Duals.
Laureus NYC is seeking a new NYC Program Officer as Peter Feldman will be taking on a new position at Laureus as Director of Programs. Application deadline for the NYC Program Officer is August 5, but as screening will occur on a rolling basis applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can. Job Description

Switch the Pitch
 is a program being offered by Soccer Without Borders and Common Goal for coaches and youth players to tackle racism. It provides an interactive team challenges, coach training series, and a virtual league. More about the fall pilot program
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced its 2022 Sports Award recipients  on June 8th. Ten organizations were selected, each receiving $30,000. Recipients include America SCORES, Harlem Lacrosse, Skate Like a Girl, and Students Run Philly Style. Congrats to all!


Students Run LA issued its 2021 - 2022 Impact Report with impressive results! For the March 2022 LA Marathon, 1,825 SRLA students ran the 26.2 miles and 99% crossed the finish line. Further, 98.5% of SRLA seniors graduated from high school and 78% of these students are the first generation of their families going to college.
Aspen's ProjectPlay Survey of 6000 high school students reported 83% play sports to have fun and 82% for the exercise. Reasons don't play sports -- 47% too much homework and 34% don't enjoy sports. Download Student Survey Report 
The Giving USA 2022 reports that charities received $484.85 billion in 2021, a 4% growth growth over 2020 giving, but 0.7% decline when inflation is factored in. Individual giving was 67% ($326.87 Billion) of the total giving. Of concern is that two-thirds of households gave in 2000, and only a few years ago declined to 50% of households. Report Analysis

59% of donors in the U.S. would continue to support a charity with a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) because the cause is more important to them than DEI. This is from a report, Special Donor Trust Report: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, based on a survey of Americans and Canadians. More Findings 
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