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MAY 2018

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May 2018 8 Industry NCYS Youth Sports Day & Congressional Expo to Be Held During National Youth Sports Week The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports will host a physical activity expo on NCYS Youth Sports Day, Tuesday, July 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rayburn House of Representatives Office Building Foyer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in celebration of National Youth Sports Week, July 16-22. The event will be open to the public and free of charge. The event will showcase how youth sports organi- zations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. NCYS mem- bers and members of Congress and their staffs will have the opportunity to play youth sports and learn about youth sports activities at physical activity stations. The Expo will highlight the importance for youth to play sports following the National Council of Youth Sports legis- lative agenda, which focuses on the P.L.A.Y.S. in Youth Sports Act: physical activity, living healthy, access, youth development and safety. National Youth Sports Week is July 16 – 22 and is a federally recognized National Health Observance that high- lights the health and wellness benefits of youth sports partic- ipation and youth sports safety practices to reduce physical and other injuries. For more information, visit Physical Activity Study Shows 28 Percent of Americans Inactive The 2018 Physical Activity Council Participation Report on sports and activities in the U.S. shows that 28 percent of the population, 82.4 million Ameri- cans, are inactive. For more than five years, over a quarter of the U.S. population has indicated they were inactive. However, the annual report also indicates a moderate rise in participation for many sports and activities, including fitness sports, out- door sports and winter sports. "While the number of inactive Americans continues to be a major concern for our country, we are encouraged that the rate of increase has slowed." says Tom Cove, President/CEO of Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The study found that in- activity rates among low-in- come households are nearing historic levels. Forty-two percent of households making an annual income of less than $25,000 are now reporting to be inactive, and this is the sixth consecutive year this demographic has experienced an increase in inactivity. Households with an annual income over $75,000 contin- ues to experience decreasing inactivity rates. "Americans in substan- tial numbers continue to be engaged in a wide variety of sports, fitness and outdoor activities," Cove says, "but trends that suggest financial resources determine activity levels need to be addressed." While activity levels vary across generations, the trends are somewhat expected. Generation Z, those born in the 2000s and making up 17 percent of the U.S. popula- tion, is the most active. Baby Boomers, born from 1945 to 1964 and comprising about 25 percent of the population, are the least active. As capabilities and energy may decrease with age, Baby Boomers are far more involved in fitness sports than in any other category, as they actively acknowledge the im- portance of their health. How- ever, in the past year, inac- tivity rates among Americans ages 65 and up have increased nearly 2 percent, surpassing 40 percent overall for this age group. This inactivity rate is nearly 10 percent greater than the inactive population just ► t SPORTS Talk NEW YORK — The AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), is awarded annually to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Kyle Snyder, a 2016 Olympic champion and two-time world champion in wrestling, won the award in a ceremony at the New York Athletic Club on March 17. He is only the fourth wrestler in AAU's 88-year history to receive the honor. Snyder was also a finalist last year. Other finalists were Annika Albrecht (women's volleyball), Joel Berry II (men's basketball), Erin Finn (track and field), Kelly Hunter (women's volleyball), Angela "Annie" Peavy (para-equestrian) and Alex and Maia Shibutani (figure skating). Snyder was the youngest U.S. wrestler to win gold at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and he's now an NCAA champi- on, Big Ten champion and All-American. The award is known as the "Oscar" of sports awards and has been around longer than The Heisman Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually in honor of James E. Sullivan, founder and past president of the AAU. The award recognizes leadership, character, sportsmanship and amateur achievement. The AAU was founded in 1888 and the award has been presented annually since 1930. SportsEvents Media Group Founder and Publisher Talty O'Connor attended the event and met with finalists and AAU executives, including Dr. Roger Goudy, president and CEO of AAU and James Parker, AAU director of sports. n Snyder Wins AAU Sullivan Award

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