National Youth Sports Strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (HHS ODPHP) developed and released the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) in September 2019. NYSS aims to unite the U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports—regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. The NYSS outlines opportunities for everyone to take action to help improve the youth sports landscape in the United States.

NYSS Champions Badge

As an NYSS Champion , ASTHO helps increase awareness of NYSS. In particular, ASTHO supports the following NYSS strategies that are ripe for implementation by health agencies:

  1. C.2 - Support policies that facilitate access to youth sports and facilities (e.g., shared use agreements, Complete Streets, master development plans, Safe Routes to School).
  2. C.4 - Promote collaboration across all levels, including neighborhoods, communities, tribal areas, cities, and states, to increase and expand youth sports participation.
  3. A.3 - Promote the benefits of and access to sports opportunities to youth and their families.

To learn more about states’ efforts to support youth sports, read ASTHO’s July 2021 blog post, "Youth Sports as a Protective Factor to Promote Resiliency."

NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by ASTHO does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.