Public Listening Session to Inform National Youth Sports Strategy


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

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 attend in-person or by webcast; advanced registration is required:

Registration for public attendance must be completed before 5:00PM ET, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

AGENDA (panel start times are approximate)

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
For those attending in person, attendees will be escorted to the cafeteria for lunch; if you choose to leave the building for lunch, you must return no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the afternoon session in order to be escorted back to the Auditorium.

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 for 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