US Lacrosse will today join other members of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) to participate in a Virtual Hill Day with Congressional leaders to advocate for federal assistance for community organizations through the creation of a loan program for youth sports providers. NCYS scheduled this series of Congressional meetings to educate lawmakers on the importance of youth sports to young people, families, and communities.

The youth sports industry, comprised almost entirely of volunteers, nonprofits, and small businesses, risks a complete collapse.  The economic losses suffered by this forced pause, while not unique to youth sports, disproportionately impacts under-resourced communities.

NCYS has been at the forefront of the PLAY Sports Coalition (#unite2PLAY), which stands for Promoting Local and Youth Sports, a unique coalition of 3,700 community and national sports organizations formed to support young athletes, working families, coaches and volunteers across all 50 states, particularly those in underserved areas, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Their efforts earned the attention of Congressman Max Rose (D-NY), who introduced HR 7562: the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act, which is one of the primary pieces of legislation supported by Hill Day Participants.

“I’m honored to represent US Lacrosse and the constituents we serve on Capitol Hill to advocate for the important role youth sports play in our community and how crucial it is that these organizations receive the support they need to allow children to return to play quickly and safely,” said Ann Kitt Carpenetti, US Lacrosse’s Vice President of Lacrosse Operations, who will meet with the offices of five Congressional leaders. “Having lost our spring season due to the pandemic, we understand the financial challenges our local programs and leagues are facing. Joining the PLAY Sports Coalition in this effort will allow us to continue advocating on behalf of the lacrosse community as we work to safely return back to the field.”

To learn more about the PLAY Sports Coalition and how you can support the HR 7562: the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act, please visit: https://playsportscoalition.org/contact-your-representative/.