Public Listening Session to Inform National Youth Sports Strategy

April 4, 2019 from 9:15 AM to 5:05 PM ET 

HHS will host a public listening session in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 4, 2019. This meeting will help inform the development of a National Strategy on Youth Sports. HHS will provide updates on project status and hear from academic experts and organizations working in youth sports.

Participants can view the archived webcast at:

AGENDA (to view the archived footage of each panel, click the title)

9:15 AM Welcome and Updates from HHS

  • Welcome, ADM Brett Giroir
  • Introduction to the National Youth Sports Strategy, Don Wright and Holli Richmond
  • Current Status and Next Steps for the National Youth Sports Strategy, Katrina Piercy

10:00 AM The Current State of Youth Sports

  • Daniel Gould, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
  • Maureen Weiss, National Academy of Kinesiology

11:15 AM National Conveners and Advocates

  • Emily Stets, The Aspen Institute
  • Sarah Axelson, Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Russell Pate, The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

12:15 PM Break for Lunch

1:15 PM Non-Traditional Programming

  • Karen Kafer, GENYOUth
  • Bethany Rubin Henderson, America SCORES
  • Julia Pines, Girls in the Game

2:15 PM Coaching Strategies

  • Kristen Dieffenbach, U.S. Center for Coaching Excellence
  • Paul Caccamo, Up2Us Sports
  • Deborah Shapiro, American Association of Adapted Sports Programs
  • Allison Riley, Girls on the Run

3:45 PM National-State-Local Level Programming

  • Matt Thompson, YMCA of the USA
  • Chris Moore, U.S. Youth Soccer
  • David McCann, University of Illinois Department of Recreation, Sports and Tourism
  • Jennifer Cartland and Charlie Sperduto, Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

5:00 PM Closing Remarks

  • Master Sgt. Robert Wilkins, PCSFN Council Member