NYSS Champions

ODPHP and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition are proud to recognize National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champions for their work promoting youth sports participation and supporting the NYSS.

Use the directory below to find NYSS Champions and learn about their work.

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NYSS Champions by State

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78
NYSS Champions

6,638,977
Youth served

13,715,429
Hours volunteered

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Adaptive Sports Ohio

Ohio

At Adaptive Sports Ohio, we remove barriers to ensure that individuals with physical disabilities have a chance to play, and use sport to elevate ability and empower futures.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)

ACLM provides physicians and other providers the support, education, and certification to treat and reverse chronic disease by addressing the root causes with evidence-based therapies in lifestyle behaviors such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress.

Racial and ethnic minorities

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM, with more than 50,000 members and certified professionals, advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. 

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

AMSSM is a diverse organization of physicians dedicated to championing sports and physical activity, especially for youth. We are strong advocates of safe youth sport opportunities — including free play — for kids of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia — and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ.

Changing the Game Project

Changing the Game Project is an organization dedicated to putting some more “play” back in playing sports. We are an internationally recognized leader in coach education, parent education, team development, and board consultation.

Dunwoody Fencing Club

Georgia
Dunwoody Fencing Club is a highly competitive épée club that also welcomes recreational fencers. We are committed to offering professional, caring coaching to students of all levels and abilities.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

Every Kid Sports

Every Kid Sports Pass provides qualified low-income families with up to $150 per child, 4 times a year, to cover registration fees for recreational sports and pay-to-play fees for middle and high school sports.

Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Girls in the Game

Illinois, Maryland, Texas

Girls in the Game offers site-based and citywide, age-appropriate programs to engage girls ages 7 to 18 in sports, health, and leadership programming. We empower all girls to be game changers. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Girls on the Run Central Kentucky

Kentucky

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Central Maryland

Maryland

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Central New York

New York

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Central Virginia

Virginia

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run International

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Mid Michigan

Michigan

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run New Jersey East

New Jersey

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio

Ohio

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run NYC (New York City)

New York

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks & Warren Counties

New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run of Kansas City

Kansas, Missouri

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia

West Virginia

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona

Arizona
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana

Indiana

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run of NOVA (Northern Virginia)

Virginia
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County

Washington
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan

Michigan
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake

Maryland
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast

Florida
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of the Triangle

North Carolina
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Magee-Womens Hospital

Pennsylvania
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run Rhode Island

Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run South Louisiana

Louisiana
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run St. Louis

Illinois, Missouri

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

Girls

Girls on the Run Treasure Valley

Idaho
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Girls on the Run Tri County SC (South Carolina)

Idaho
Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.
Girls

Greater Youth Sports Association (GYSA)

Nevada

GYSA provides after-school sports programming for elementary schools primarily serving at-risk children. In addition to sports, children receive reading mentorship, social and emotional learning, and character development to help them succeed.  

Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Hall of Fame Village Resort and Entertainment Company

Hall of Fame Village is developing an immersive, multi-use resort in Canton, Ohio, and a media program that unifies live entertainment, fantasy sports, and eGaming with partners and content from some of the most powerful and storied brands.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

HyBridZone Performance Institute

HyBridZone Performance Institute is a sports performance and education consulting company that combines the talents of global professionals from the golf, fitness, and health communities for the enrichment of adults and youth.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP)

The ISSP, including the Youth Sports Committee, aims to carry the science and practice of psychiatry to the athletic community so that all people may enjoy the benefits of healthy and safe participation in sports.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

JUST RUN

Developed by the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, JUST RUN is a multi-faceted, website-based program that promotes physical activity, good citizenship, and healthy eating. This award-winning program is available to children of all ages in any locale.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas

Lady Panthers Girls Basketball Association (LPGBA)

Texas
LPGBA is a 501(c)3 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Girls Basketball program, an Official USA Basketball Youth Development Organization, a Jr. NBA member organization, and a USA Basketball 3x3 and FIBA 3x3 program. We coach girls ages 5 to 17.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Lakeshore Foundation

Alabama

Lakeshore is a nonprofit organization that encourages and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live a healthy lifestyle through activity, research, advocacy, and health promotion. Our impact is local, national, and international. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

League of YES

New York

The League of YES is a baseball program for children with disabilities. It’s a judgment-free zone where every child gets up to bat and scores a home run! Our players cannot play in a typical league, so this gives them an opportunity to play ball!

Youth with disabilities

Michigan State University Institute for the Study of Youth Sports

Michigan

The mission of the Michigan State University Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is to scientifically study the beneficial and detrimental effects of sports for children and youth and disseminate that information to the sporting public. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Milers Running Club & Camp

Florida

Milers creates opportunities for students and athletes through athletic performance. We offer training and competitive support. We change lives in the pursuit of excellence. We challenge the status quo, and set ourselves up for success.

Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Move United

Move United is a national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential through programs, training, education, and competitions. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS)

NAYS educates, equips, and empowers youth sports leaders, volunteers, and parents to help all children enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. NAYS partners with more than 3,000 youth sports providers and has trained over 4 million adults since 1981.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)

NATA represents athletic trainers (AT), who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. ATs prevent & treat injuries in sports, physical & occupational activity, & care for acute injuries. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)

NCYS serves 60 million youth registered in sports. Our focus is on advocating for access and safety, athlete protection, background screening and coaching education — and connecting organizations to essential tools, products, and services.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Founded in 1978, NSCA is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world. The NSCA website has resources for coaches, parents, and youth athletes.

National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation

Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to providing funding in educational and research endeavors.

Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

National Trail Parks and Recreation District

Ohio

National Trail is a municipal agency providing youth sports regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, skill, or ability to pay. We're dedicated to creating safe, positive experiences by providing quality parks, facilities, services, and programs. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI)

Indiana

NYSHSI is dedicated to being the recognized leader and advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest evidence-based education, recommendations, and policy to enhance the experience, development, health, and safety of our youth in sports.

North Dakota State University — Master's Program in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport

Minnesota, North Dakota

The Leadership in Physical Education and Sport master's degree program prepares physical education teachers, sport coaches, and sport leaders for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. 

Youth with disabilities

Parisi Speed School-Newtown

New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Parisi Speed School is the world leader for youth sports performance training. The Newtown location is consistently one of the top 3 largest locations worldwide and serves over 1,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels each year.

Girls Youth with disabilities

Performance Physical Therapy

Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Performance Physical Therapy is a locally owned business with 13 locations throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Our purpose is to empower our community to lead healthy, fulfilling, and happy lives.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

Play Like a Champion Today

Play Like a Champion Today provides coach and parent education to positively transform youth sports. Our A Team for Every Child initiative works with leaders in underserved communities to increase participation regardless of ability or family income.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance is a nonprofit organization aiming to create a positive, character-building youth sports environment by providing resources for coaches, parents, and students — and by partnering with organizations nationwide.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Salem Community Center (SCC)

Ohio

The SCC offers programs and events for the entire family. The SCC provides numerous youth sports programs that compliment our Fit Kids wellness-based initiative. 

School of Kinesiology and Nutrition at USM

Mississippi

The School of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks to elevate sport through the preparation of future sport leaders with our degree plans in Sport Coaching Education (minor, bachelor’s, master’s).

Shooting Touch

Massachusetts

Shooting Touch is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts that aims to use the mobilizing power of basketball as a tool for health education, intervention, and improved well-being for girls of color. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

South Bronx United (SBU)

New York

SBU uses soccer as a tool for social change. On and off the field, SBU aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community, and beyond.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Southern Nevada Health District – Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Nevada

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is the local public health authority in Clark County, Nevada serving over 73% of Nevada’s population. The Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion is located in the SNHD Community Health Division.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Special Olympics International

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA)

SIGA is the world's largest independent and neutral multi-stakeholder coalition in the field of sports governance and integrity. SIGA is leading the way for sport integrity worldwide.

Tennis Central

Pennsylvania

Tennis Central is a nonprofit National Junior Tennis & Learning Chapter offering year-round, safe, inclusive tennis and education programs to over 2,000 Lancaster, PA youth. Our mission is to combine tennis and education to change lives!

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

Tulane Center for Sport

Louisiana

The Center for Sport is devoted to studying, supporting, and achieving in areas where sport engages people: the field of play, human health, professional careers, and the community. We use collaborative programs to unite, challenge, and inspire.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE)

USCCE is a 501c3 that develops evidenced-based practice guidelines to help member organizations and individuals provide coach education and development. USCCE accredits coach education programs based on national coaching standards.

University of Missouri, Kansas City — School of Nursing and Health Studies

Missouri

The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Studies is to prepare health professionals as leaders in improving health outcomes through interprofessional practice, research, and service. 

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Up2Us Sports

Up2Us Sports is the nationwide leader in engaging, training, and supporting sports coaches to serve as mentors and role models to youth living in some of America’s most underserved communities.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

Urban Lotus Project (ULP)

Nevada

ULP is a nonprofit yoga service organization that teaches trauma-informed yoga and meditation to vulnerable and underserved youth who have been impacted by homelessness, addiction, mental health, violence, incarceration, and hospitalization.

Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households

US Youth Soccer

As the country’s largest youth sport organization, US Youth Soccer's vision is to bring communities together through the power of soccer, making lifelong fans of the sport while helping over 2.7 million players fulfill their goals on and off the field of play.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

West Virginia University Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences (WVU CACSS)

West Virginia

The WVU CACSS is dedicated to supporting quality coach development, conducting research that impacts best practices in coaching and coaching education, and delivering evidence-based coaching education for students, athletes, and the sport community.

Women's Sports Foundation (WSF)

WSF strengthens and expands sports participation and leadership opportunities through research, advocacy, community programming, grants and fellowships, educational curricula, mentoring events, and a wide range of community programs.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas Youth with disabilities

Wrestle Like A Girl

Wrestle Like A Girl is a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on increasing access and opportunities for women's wrestling, with a mission to use wrestling to empower girls and women to become leaders in life.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth living in rural areas

YMCA of Greater Seattle

Washington

The YMCA of Greater Seattle builds communities that encourage all people — and especially youth — to reach their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body. It serves the community with 13 branches, 2 overnight camps, and social impact services.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households Youth with disabilities

Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA)

Pennsylvania

YQCA is an after-school sports partnership with Penn Athletics that establishes athletic teams for students in grades 4 to 8 from Penn’s Netter Center University-Assisted Community Schools in West Philadelphia.

Girls Racial and ethnic minorities Youth from low-socioeconomic status (SES) households