YSCN Update: The Latest in Sports-Based Youth Development 

Below are the two most recent issues of the Youth Sports Collaborative Network's e-newsletter, YSCN Update. It contains brief announcements on programs and services at the Youth Sports Collaborative Network, news from members, the latest research on youth sports, health and development, government and foundation funding opportunities, and government legislation and regulations affecting youth sports organizations.

Anyone may subscribe to YSCN Update, but only YSCN members and partners will have their news posted in the e-newsletter.

Recent YSCN Updates

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. 
 
SPORTS BETTING - A POTENTIAL SUSTAINABLE SOURCE OF STATE FUNDING 
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]

LEARN TODAY ABOUT EARNING YOUR SPORTS PHILANTHROPY CERTIFICATE 
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 https://zoom.us/j/457256678 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 go.gwu.edu/sportsphilanthropy GW offers employees of YSCN members a $500 scholarship. 

THE WINNER OF OUR FREE MEMBERSHIP DRAWING IS 
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.

December 20, 2018
January Grants - Programs Staff and Fields Oh My

PLEASE NOTE: Starting in 2019 all grant and other funding opportunities will be provided only to members in their own YSCN Update edition.

The last part of the subject line is a play on words from a famous movie. YSCN will give one FreeVoting Nonprofit Membership to a SBYD nonprofit (must be providing a program to underserved children) that can name the movie, the actual words, and the character that says the words. One nonprofit will be randomly selected on January 6th from all who submit the correct answers. The full annual dues amount of the winning nonprofit will be waived. Simply reply to this e-mail with your answers. 
 
Not a nonprofit providing a program for underserved youth? Then please forward this e-mail to anyone you know who does so that they can have a chance to win.
 
$100K GRANTS FOR OST MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS 
NY Life Foundation's Aim High Program is providing 3 separate grant tiers for Out-of-School Time programs which "serve disadvantaged youth and supports the transition to 9th Grade." Aim High cites research "that students who get to 9th grade prepared and on time are 4 times more likely to graduate from high school." 
 
Deadline for application submission is by 5:00 PM EST on January 25, 2019. The three grant tiers are:
  • 8 grants for two years, $100K total/$50K per year for a program budget of at least $250K and annual organizational budget of at least $500K
  • 8 grants for two years, $50K total/$25K per year for an organizational budget of at least $250K
  • 10 1-year grants of $15K specifically to support professional development, training, and technical assistance of staff. 
Here are the links for more information:

UP2US COACH & STAFF PARTNERSHIPS 
Two types of partnerships are available for organizations providing sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. Host for one year a full-time VISTA volunteer to help build organizational capacity is only available for organizations located in New York State. Details
 
Host a Up2Us trained coach is nationwide in which the applying program pays part of the cost - amount depends on whether applying program wants a full or part time coach who provides a trauma-sensitive approach to coaching. The program has 11 cities that receive a coach priority placement. Details
 
Application deadline is January 31, 2019. For questions and copy of the slide deck of a recent webinar on these partnerships, plz contact Adrienne Moore, [email protected].

US SOCCER FOUNDATION GRANTS 
The Foundation provides 2 grants. The Safe Places to Play Grantssupport field-building initiatives (Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, Sport Court) for soccer programs. There are 3 cycles during 2019 to apply for a Safe Places Grant. The Spring Cycle is the first and begins January 3rd with access to the requirements for submitting a letter of interest which is due January 25th. 
 
The Foundation also provides Program Grantsfor equipment and operating costs. This is offered once a year, but no application schedule has been set for 2019 as of the date of this e-newsletter. More Details on Both