YSCN Update: The Latest in Sports-Based Youth Development 

Below are past issues of the Youth Sports Collaborative Network's e-newsletter, YSCN Update. The September 16, 2019 issue represents the current structure of each issue.

YSCN Update 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

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
Sports Betting - A New Funding Source

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 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. 

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.
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:

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].

The Foundation provides 2 grants. The Safe Places to Play Grants support 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 Grants for 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 

Have some news to share? Then please send to [email protected]. Will try to include as many as we can. Please share YSCN Update with your colleagues and partners. They can Click Here  to view past issues and to obtain their own free subscription.