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National Youth Sports Strategy

September 30, 2019
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, right wing Tom Wilson, alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot skated with students from Plummer Elementary School and local youth hockey programs at Fort Dupont in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19. The Capitals worked with the skaters on puck-handling, passing and shooting as part of an event announcing the National Youth Sports Strategy, a new public policy aimed at increasing youth sports participation in America.




As part of the National Youth Sports Strategy, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Office on Women’s Health announced $6.7 million in grants to 18 communities to promote youth sports participation. The two-year Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES) grants, will support local partnerships that offer youth sports and nutrition activities for racial and ethnic minorities, girls and disadvantaged youth, particularly in areas where few youth programs exist.

NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who was just named to the National Fitness Foundation Board of Directors, along with MLB World Series Champion Johnny Damon, a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition and surgeon general of the United States, Jerome Adams, also participated in the event.