Published in 2010 North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference Proceedings: Tampa, FL, June 5, 2010, pages 106-107.
The economic recession that gripped the United States in 2008 and 2009 has affected countless industries and businesses, yet one affected area is not as visible as others but could have a lasting impact. Youth sports have been hit hard by cuts in funding to public schools and community organizations. Although sport in general plays a vital role in our culture, the role of youth sports in developing individuals and benefiting society is often understated and misunderstood. For every professional athlete who garners media attention due to selfishness or criminal activity, there are countless youth from inner cities and rural enclaves who benefit from the values that well run sport programs offer. In October 2009, an international team of people led by the organization Up2Us delivered that message to the White House.
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