Youth Sports Research Council recognized as a NYSS ChampionSM to Promote Participation in Youth Sports

Youth Sports Research Council becomes an NYSS Champion

nyss badge(New Brunswick) – The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council (YSRC) as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion.

As a NYSS Champion, the Youth Sports Research Council has demonstrated their organization’s commitment to support safe, fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, and accessible youth sports opportunities. The YSRC is recognized along with other NYSS Champions on as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America.

“We know children who obtain regular physical activity gain important physical and mental health benefits, which are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains RADM Paul Reed, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”

”We are proud to be recognized alongside many tremendous programs across the United States as an NYSS Champion” says Anthony G. Delli Paoli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the YSRC. “We are strongly committed to helping all New Jersey children realize the social, emotional and physical health benefits of youth sport and training the next generation of youth sport coaches.”

The NYSS is a federal roadmap with actionable strategies for youth, adults who interact with youth, organizations, communities, and public policy makers to increase participation in youth sports and improve the youth sports experience. The NYSS vision is that one day all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code. NYSS Champions are recognized for working towards achieving this vision.

About the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council

Founded in 1983, the YSRC is a division of the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The YSRC develops, synthesizes, and disseminates information about the influence of physical activity and organized sports on the healthy development of children and adolescents. Our educational programs are designed for recreation directors, coaches, parents, and administrators of youth sports leagues.

To date, the YSRC has provided training to more than 300,000 volunteer youth sport coaches and thousands of municipal recreation directors throughout the state of New Jersey. For more information, please visit

NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by the Youth Sports Research Council does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.

About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

ODPHP plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy through Healthy People 2030, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and other programs, services, and education activities. ODPHP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP visit or follow @HealthGov on Twitter.