Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Launches Youth Development Initiative

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Launches Youth Development Initiative

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Because of the success of NRPA's Sportstown project, which was a joint effort with Sports Illustrated (SI) magazine, NRPA launched a national initiative in late March to continue improving the development of youth sports. During the Sportstown project, SI and NRPA designated one community in each of the 50 states as a Sportstown. These communities represented high standards of quality through sports, development, growth and overall commitment to excellence.

But after analyzing the hundreds of applications received for the project, NRPA staff discovered that the area of youth development was inadequate. Representatives from 37 cities nationwide, who have been designated as Magnet Centers for Quality Sports, participated in a three-day seminar at NRPA's headquarters in Ashburn, Va. this spring, as a way to introduce the ongoing initiative.

The event armed participants with the tools they will need to combat the facing trend of sedentary youth, who would rather play video games than play outside. Through partnerships with the National Football League (NFL) and the non-profit USA Football, participants received support materials, evaluation tools, training and technical assistance valued between $5,000 and $7,500. …

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