US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse in the United States, will host a three-part panel series bringing together sports industry leaders to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and high school sports.

The series, “Sports in the COVID Era,” will be conducted as free webinars, with the opportunity for attendees to submit their questions in addition to those posed by US Lacrosse Magazine’s editor in chief, Matt DaSilva, who will serve as the moderator.

The first webinar, entitled “The Future of Youth Sports,” is Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The panelists are Little League Baseball and Softball senior vice president of marketing and communications Liz DiLullo Brown, US Youth Soccer CEO Skip Gilbert, USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher and US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen.

Register for free here.

“In 2018, 36.2 million U.S. youth ages 6-17 played a sport at least one day during the year, either organized or unstructured, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Of those youth, 20.2 million played sports on a regular basis, typically in some organized fashion. In 2020, this $19 billion industry has come to a screeching halt, as kids everywhere have been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic,” the description says. “As America gradually reopens, what challenges and opportunities exist for youth sports?”

 

Ensuing panels will address the subjects of mental health and college recruiting as they pertain to the pandemic. Panelists will be announced at a later date. The complete schedule appears below.

SPORTS IN THE COVID ERA
Presented by US Lacrosse

Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 4-5 p.m. EDT
Topic: The Future of Youth Sports | Register

Date: Tuesday, June 9
Time: 4-5 p.m. EDT
Topic: Athletes and Mental Health During COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, June 16
Time: 4-5 p.m. EDT
Topic: College Recruiting in the COVID-19 Era