NYSS Listening Session Part 1: Introduction to the National Youth Sports Strategy

By | December 3, 2019

>>Don Wright: Well, good morning. I’m Dr. Don Wright, one of the deputy assistant
secretaries for health, and director at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Let me start by welcoming all of you here
today. It’s a pleasure to have you here with us today
for the National Youth Sports Strategy Listening Session. My first task at hand is to introduce Adm.
Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health here at the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. In that row, Dr. Giroir is the principle advisor
to the secretary on issues of public health and science. And, in addition to that, he overseas many
of the public health offices here at HHS, including the Office of Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion, the offices focusing on women’s health, minority health, vaccine
policy, and infectious disease. In addition to that, he oversees three Presidential
and 11 secretarial advisory committees, as well as the office of the surgeon general. Adm. Giroir also leads HHS’s effort to address
the opioid crisis as well as to eliminate the HIV epidemic. Previously, Dr. Giroir, prior to taking this
position, served in numerous leadership roles, both in academia as well as in the federal
space. Most notably, he was the first physician to
be appointed as an office director at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency,
better known as DARPA. Dr. Giroir has authored or coauthored almost
100 peer reviewed scientific publications and holds patents on a number of biomedical
interventions. He’s a recipient of numerous honors and awards,
including the U.S. Secretary of Defense medal for outstanding public service, the American
Heart Association’s President Linden Banes Johnson Research Award and the Society of
Critical Care Medicine’s Annual Scientific Award. As a pediatric critical care physician, Dr.
Giroir cared for critically ill children for 14 years, and he continues to bring that hands-on,
bedside, patient-centered perspective to his work as assistant secretary for health. So please join me in welcoming Dr. Giroir. [applause]>>Brett Giroir: Well, thank you, Dr. Wright. I hope if I walk up to the stage a little
bit earlier, they’ll cut the introduction shorter, but I’m going to have to find some
other clue to do this. So, thank you all for being here. I think this is a really, really important
day. It’s important for us to have a listening
session as you provide input to the National Youth Sports Strategy. I want to thank Dr. Wright and his staff,
Holli Richmond and Janett Feaster [spelled phonetically], and all the people from the
President’s Council, and all the people who volunteered your time. As we were saying in the very, very hot green
room — we’re going to rename that the steam room instead of the green room, I think — you
have probably the best day in D.C. that we’ve had in nine months, and you’re going to be
indoors most of the day. So, sorry about that. Surgeon General just came in. How fantastic. Good morning, Vice Adm. Adams. How are you doing? Before I go through some of the prepared remarks,
I know both the surgeon general and I feel very passionate about this endeavor. We can talk about it as — with all the health
effects and all the long term effects for the country, but I was profoundly affected
by being able to play youth sports, and to participate, and be on teams. And my life just went from season, to season,
to season, and it was just a great experience for me. And it’s really heartbreaking to understand
that so many youth, particular youth in underserved areas, particularly girls, do not have the
opportunity to play youth sports, or even to be active. And the trend is going in the wrong direction. And I think this is the time that we just,
you know, as they say, put the stake in the sand and say, “Enough is enough. We’re going to reverse this trend. It will have — it will yield enormous benefits
for all of us in the future, particularly for our youth, who will not only learn patterns
of physical fitness, but will also gain those kinds of emotional and mental kind of positive
experiences that lead to positive self-esteem, to understanding how to play as a team.” You know, maybe more people in Washington
should have played team sports. We’d do a little bit better on the stage as
we learn to play as a team across. Vice Adm. Adams’ laughing because we know
we also go off script to get in trouble, but he’s usually worse than I am, so I feel better
about it today. So, as the assistant secretary for health,
my office leads the development of guidelines, programs, and policies to lead America to
healthier lives. In November, 2018, much to the work of Dr.
Wright and his team, Commander Piercy who really carried the heavy life, we released
the second edition of the physical activity guidelines for Americans, which provides evidence-based
recommendations for youth ages three to 17, and for adults to safely achieve the physical
activity levels they need to stay healthy. According to the guidelines, youth six to
17 can achieve substantial health benefits from at least 60 minutes per day of moderate
to vigorous activity. Most activity should be aerobic like walking,
running, or anything that makes their hearts beat faster. Youth also need, however, muscle strengthening
activity like playing on playground equipment, playing basketball, jumping rope. This new addition of the guidelines also provides
guidelines for preschool children, and this is the first time, for ages three to five. Children of this age should be active throughout
the day, and adults caring for them should encourage play. And this is probably about three hours of
active play per day. This is very consistent with the guidelines
from Canada, the U.K., and Australia. So, putting the public health hat on, we spend
$117 billion per year, 177 billion per year, and spend — and have 10 percent of all premature
mortality just due to failure to meet failures of physical activity guidelines. That’s independent of other things, whether
you reduce weight, or you control your diabetes. Just meeting the physical activity guidelines
for adults, which is 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, with two episodes of physical
and muscle strengthening activity, if you do that, 10 percent of all premature mortality
in the United States goes away. So, when you start calculating this, if 25
percent more people actually achieved the guidelines, we would save 70,000 lives per
year, just by 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. And what is so great about these guidelines
— it’s not great about the guidelines, it’s great about the science — is that every activity
counts, we know, for adults, right? So, you don’t have to do 10-minute bouts or
30-minute bouts. If you walk up the stairs, which is a little
bit hotter when you’re wearing double breasted wool uniforms, but if you walk up the eight
— you know, seven flights of stairs, you get credit for that. So, this is really achievable by most Americans. And if we want to appreciably affect the health
of our country and the health care costs of our country, simple things just by meeting
the guidelines are so important. But we know that only 26 percent of men and
19 percent of women actually meet the guidelines today. So what can we do here? We know that healthy habits start in childhood,
and adult physical activity levels are very similar to those seen in adolescence. Right now, only about 20 percent of adolescents
reports efficient activity to meet the guidelines. We know that physical activity fosters normal
growth and development. For youth, physical activity can help improve
cognition, bone health, fitness, heart health. It can also reduce the risk of depression. Further, efforts to increase the activity
level of youth are critical, as childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since
the 1970s. The data that I show in my more formal presentations
where a publication that was published by pediatricians in the New England Journal in
2017, it projects that, unless changes occur, today’s two-year olds, by the time they’re
35, 65 percent will be clinically obese. 65 percent of today’s two-year olds will be
clinically obese. Just think of what that’s going to mean to
the health of our country, and to the health expenditures that we have to — will have
to do. You know, the prepared remarks say children
don’t usually development chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes,
but they certainly set them up to have those diseases as adults. I’m a pediatrician. I’m a pediatric critical care physician. I ran a pediatric health system in Dallas. Let me tell you we’re seeing those diseases
in adolescents every single day. Type two diabetes in my adolescents is growing
at an astronomical rate. And, in some clinics, the type two diabetics
are equivalent to the type one diabetics that you see in endocrinology. Hypertension, very, very common, and we don’t
even talk about things like fatty liver disease, which is going to be the leading cause of
end-stage liver disease very shortly within our lifetime. So, these are all things that we really, you
know, have on our minds, and understand that a youth sports strategy can mitigate if not
completely prevent. Many sports can be tailored to various ages
and abilities, and you know this, allowing sports participation to continue throughout
life at various levels of competition. People working with youth sports programs
can teach safe physical activity, and serve as role models to support the development
of healthy habits, as well as how to maintain those habits into adulthood. This morning, we will hear, and unfortunately
I will not be able to stay for most of this, but I will read the transcripts and really
understand it, the state of youth sports by Dr. Daniel Gould of the Institute for the
Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State. Dr. Gould, where are you? Okay. And Dr. Maureen Weiss, there you are, from
the University of Minnesota, representing the National Academy of Kinesiology. As I said earlier, there is a decline in sports
participation as youth enter middle and high school, and there are particular barriers,
including costs, that limit participation in youth sports, especially by minorities,
girls, and those of lower socioeconomic status. I’m sure you have the statistics today, but
I was pretty shocked when I heard the rough number. And you can correct me if I’m wrong, but the
average cost across the country for one child to participate in one sport for one season
is about $400. How many people can really afford that? Am I close to the right number? Yes, good. You’re shaking your head. If it’s the wrong number, they’ll correct
me after I leave. So, you know, that’s the way it goes. So, in response to the significant decline
in Youth Sports, President Trump issued an executive order. And, if you’re not in Washington, I just want
you to know that it’s a big deal when the President issues an executive order. That means everybody stands up at attention
and goes to get to work very quickly. So, this is actually a big punctuation mark
for this history of youth sports in our country. And that executive order was for my office,
the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, to development a national strategy
to expand youth participation in youth sports, encourage regular physical activity, including
active play, and promote good nutrition for all Americans. Within the office — within my office, I’ve
charged the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, ODPHP, with leading the
development of this strategy together and in full collaboration with the President’s
Council on sports, fitness, and nutrition, and a federal steering committee with experts
from HHS, NIH, and CDC. The steering committee planned today’s session,
and many of them are here with us today, eager to learn from your presentations. And if you’ve not been involved with these
sorts of sessions before, I want to assure you — I want to assure all the panelists
and everyone here, that this is not, you know, “Check the box. We need to do this and go on into our merry
way.” We really listen to what you have to say. Your advice is really incorporated into our
plans in a very meaningful way. Every word, every recommendation is looked
over by the staff. They’re incorporated in a way that we can,
and if they can’t be incorporated, there’s usually a very good reason why they can’t
be done at this moment, and should be done in the future. So I — and one of the reasons I am here as
the ASH is to let you know that your being here really does matter, and we really do
listen, and this is a very, very, important moment. Your work will help inform the National Youth
Strategy, which we intend to serve as the road map to guide federal efforts to ensure
that all youth are able to enjoy the many lifelong benefits from sports participation,
including approved health from physical activity, as well as self-esteem, confidence, teamwork,
and collaboration. So, again, I really want to thank everyone
for joining us here today. I can’t wait to hear the results of this. I can say, of all the efforts we have going
on — as you heard, I’m leading the opioids effort in HHS, also the new ending-HIV strategy. These are all very important things, but I
know over the long term, if we can get youth participating in sports, and getting their
physical activity right, and their nutrition right, it’s going to have more health effects
than anything we can do in the short term. This is really the key to the public health
of the United States. It’s a key to our future. It’s a key to our health — economy. It’s a key to our productivity. It’s actually a key to our national security. The last thing I’ll say about that is one
third of youth 17 to 24 year old do not qualify for the military because their — of their
physical fitness level. And, overall, almost three quarters, at 71
percent, do not qualify because of drug addiction, because of obesity or lack of physical fitness,
or because of educational statuses. So this is a matter across the board that
we need to address. I’m saying this is the first step, and I think
it’s an historic moment. So, again, thank you for being here. I look forward to the results of today. Thank you. [applause]>>Don Wright: Thank you, Adm. Giroir, for
your remarks. As Dr. Giroir mentioned, my office, the Office
of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has been charged with leading the development
of the National Youth Sports Strategy, and is working with the President’s Council on
sports fitness and nutrition alongside the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
and the National Institute of Health. At the Office of Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, better known as ODPHP, we got the nation through — towards better health through
disease prevention policies and programs, and we work with national partners and stakeholders
to set the national disease prevention agenda. Most of you know we recently led the development
of the second addition of the physical activity guidelines with — for Americans, along with
the same partners, CDC, NIH, and the President’s Council. The process for developing the guidelines
begins with the reveal of the science by an independent, external advisory committee. Federal experts use the work of the advisory
committee, and comments from the public and federal agencies, to develop the guidelines,
which is then peer reviewed prior to release. The guidelines provide the foundation for
several federal initiatives, like the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, CDC surveillance to
monitor physical activity trends, NIH research programs and grant proposals to promote physical
activity, as well as campaigns like the Move It Your Way campaign and the National Institute
of Aging’s Go For Lack Campaign, which promotes physical activity. In addition to informing the federal initiatives,
public health professionals use the guidelines to develop and implement interventions that
align with the national recommendations for physical activity. Health care professionals use the guidelines
to help patients and clients understand the benefits of physical activity, and perhaps
more importantly, how they can incorporate that in their active daily lives. Policy makers us the guidelines to inform
policies and initiatives based on the latest science about physical activity and health. Academic instructors, educators, and researchers
reference the guidelines when teaching and conducting physical activity related research. We’re also using the guidelines as the foundation
for the developmental of the National Youth Sports Strategy. The guidelines identify sports as a key sector
for helping Americans to meet the physical activity recommendations. As with the guidelines, we want to make sure
that the National Youth Sports Strategy is based on the current scientific evidence and
informed by experts in the field. Unfortunately, the science base for youth
sports does not appear to be quite as robust as it is for physical activity in general. We — however, we’ve been completing a scoping
review of the literature on the relationship between youth sports participation and various
health outcomes. And we’ve looked at the literature as well
on what are the barriers to youth sports participation. We’ve also completed an environmental scan
to look for those model programs, specifically those programs targeting populations with
historic low sports participation. As with the physical activity guidelines,
the strategy will be written by federal experts. The draft strategy will be posted for public
comment, and be made available for peer review. We’ll then finalize the plan and plan to release
it in the fall of this year. In a few moments, Lieutenant Commander Katrina
Piercy, one of my staff at ODPHP, and the lead for this project, will provide an overview
of our work today to develop the strategy. Lieutenant Commander Piercy also led the development
of the second addition of the physical activity guidelines. But, first, I’d like to invite Holli Richmond,
the Executive Director of the President’s Council on sports fitness and nutrition, and
our partner in the effort to provide additional introductory remarks. Holli? [applause]>>Holli Richmond: Thank you, Dr. Wright,
for the introduction, and good morning everyone. I’m excited to be here with all of you today
for this important session. As Adm. Giroir mentioned, President Trump
did issue an executive order that charged HHS with developing a national youth sports
strategy to expand children’s participation in youth sports. This strategy will support the healthy physical,
mental, and social development of children ages six to 17 by increasing access to sports
for all American youth, including those from economically distressed areas as well as girls
and children with a disability. Most often, these are populations are forgotten
and left out of the game, and that’s a trend that needs to be reversed. To achieve this mission, the President appointed
a diverse group of individuals to serve as members to serve as the members of the President’s
Council on sports, fitness, and nutrition. They have pledged their commitment to lending
their collective expertise to this endeavor, providing their initial input during their
first annual meeting right here in this building last September, where the entire focus of
the meeting was the development of the National Youth Sports strategy. They stand at the ready to assist us in any
way possible to get this new strategy off the ground and into the implementation phase,
including retired Air Force Master Serg. Rob Wilkens who will be with us later this
afternoon and will actually close out the session. And since the release of the President’s executive
order, the President’s Council has been working for diligently to create a framework for our
charge and our mission. We have developed a National Youth Sports
initiative, with the strategy being the primary component. In addition to the strategy, there are several
other activations that are in alignment with our mission now and will also be necessary
when carrying out the implementation phase of the strategy. These other activations include federal investments
for sports programs in underserved communities, partnership engagement, and promotional activities. The President’s Council will be holding our
next annual meeting this September when we plan to announce and release the National
Youth Sports strategy at that meeting. While this is an ambitious timeline — we’re
very aware of that — we’re confident that, with the assistance of everyone here today,
we can make it happen. So, I want to welcome all of our esteemed
speakers that have joined us for the public listening session. We are very happy to have you all here with
us today to inform the development of the National Youth Sports strategy. And I know that all of you have extremely
busy schedules, and I want to thank you for taking the time to come here and to share
your expertise with us. Each of you brings a unique perspective to
the conversation, and we look forward to hearing and learning from your research and experiences. So, now it’s time to dive in and get to work. I’ll go ahead and introduce our next speaker,
Lieutenant Commander Katrina Piercy, the project lead for ODPHP. And she’ll be discussing the current status
of the strategy and next steps. [applause]>>Katrina Piercy: Good morning. So, I’m going to dive in a little bit and
give you all some background on this project itself, where we are, and where we’re going
to kind of help set the stage for today’s discussion. Again, to echo what everyone else has said,
I just want to thank all of our panels for being a part of this meeting, as well as everyone
that’s here with us today, and everyone watching. So, to set this up, we’ve mentioned a few
times an executive order that was the impetus for starting this project. So, I pulled out some of the text here just
to highlight the pieces that we’re going to be focusing on. So, this was an executive order from the President
directing the sectary in the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a National
Youth Sports Strategy report. And with the focus here on children in communities
with below-average sport participation, and communities with limited access to athletic
facilities or recreational areas. So, we’re really thinking, when we’re talking
about this report, about underserved populations in areas where they don’t have access to use
sports, and opportunities where we can lift this up. You’ll hear from a number of panelists today
who have successful stories, who have been able to do this in different communities and
target different populations. And that’s really our focus. We know sports is a big business in the United
States, and there’s a lot of wonderful programs that are leading kids to college and pro levels. But, really, our focus is thinking about,
how can we help kids have opportunities for — to do youth sports, and opportunities,
therefore, to meet the guidelines? We’ve mentioned this already a few times,
but just an overview, we’re leading this project the same way we did things with the physical
activity guidelines for Americans. We realized that a lot of the work in youth
sports is not happening on the government level, but where we touch the physical activity
space, it’s really four key offices, that being ours, and the Office of Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. So, our group has formed an executive committee,
which is overseeing this project. Then we have a larger federal steering committee
that has representation across HHS from the regions, from Office of Minority Health, Office
of Women’s Health, and other areas that are helping to provide input in this project. And again, as we’ve mentioned, we have a relatively
quick timeline on this we’re looking to release this September. So, I want to walk you through some of the
key pillars of this project and the key areas that we’re going to focus on; first, to increase
awareness of the benefits of the participation in youth sports, as well as the importance
of physical activity and good nutrition. Second, to promote public and private sector
strategies to increase participation in youth sports. And this is where a lot of you all come in. This is — if you notice the verb, “promote,”
so we’re looking to other organizations and groups that have already done this work that
have identified what works, and we’ll be looking to point to you all and to your success stories
to lift that up. We’re not trying to make up new strategies,
or to reinvent the wheel here, so again, why today’s session is really important. Third, to develop metrics that gauge youth
sport participation and physical activity. A lot of this work is already being done by
CDC, and I’ll mention in a few slides some of the data that we do have on the federal
side, some of the data we’re aware of outside of the Federal government. And finally, to establish a local and national
strategy that will recruit volunteers and coaching around youth sports, because we know
coaching is a big, big piece of this. Now, these are the four main pillars that
are going to kind of set the stage for our report. It doesn’t mean this is all that we’re going
to cover, but this is kind of our guiding piece. As you see here, something missing that jumped
out at us when we looked is barriers. It’s not up here, but of course we’re going
to talk about the barriers to youth sport participation and how some of the programs
that you all are doing, what are the strategies that can get around these barriers or facilitate
that. So, let me walk you through a little bit of
the development process. We’ve alluded to, a few times, that we’ve
got a quick turnaround. But just so you understand how we’re going
to take the information you’re giving us today as well as information we’ve gathered in the
last few months. So we’re starting here at the top. We started gathering information — actually,
President’s Council started this work last year to get a landscape of what was going
on in the Department of Health and Human Services. So, a data call went out, asking everyone
across the department, to put in information and work that they were doing related to youth
sports, and also, more broadly around physical activity, again giving a sense of what we’re
doing. We are well aware that the United States does
not have a huge focus on youth sports right now, so — but we wanted to know where we’re
starting from, and then also be able to point to what else is being on — going on in other
countries. That is a piece of this as well. Next — and Don Wright alluded to this, that
we did a literature review and an environmental scan, realizing the literature is a bit different
than the literature we looked at for the physical activity guidelines, where most of those findings
are in the academic literature of this amount of physical activity, these health outcomes. Again, why we’ve gathered you all here today,
why we’ve asked for public comment is we realize a lot of the information on youth sports is
not necessarily in the published literature. The same way a lot of — that you all have
in your programs, and you’ve taken those lesson learned, and changed your programs or expanded
your programs. So, we’re looking to pull information from
that, but wanted to see, you know, what is out there. So we started with those pieces, again, to
give us a foundation. We then put out a call for public comment. So, this was out for the month of march. We were asking people to provide public comment
around these four pillars. We got well over 100 public comments. I want to thank you all for giving those to
us. We will read and review each of those and
see how they best fit into the strategy, and, again, appreciate your time and thoughtful
consideration of the pillars. Then we’re here today, the listening session,
so another way to gather information and hear from you all. Again, we know that a lot of this work is
happening on the ground level, and we want to hear from you and what’s working in your
program. We will then take all this information and
actually draft the report. We will put that back out for public comment,
and it’s looking like early summer. And we’ll be asking you all to provide comment
on that report. Did we miss anything? Is there something that we may have overlooked? We will be asking for your feedback in that. We’re also going to do a peer review process
similar to what we’ve done with the physical activity guidelines. We’ll identify a group of academic experts
and ask them to provide some thoughtful review and feedback on the draft strategy. And then, finally, as we do with all federal
products, and this will be an HHS report that comes out, it will go through clearance across
HHS, and this basically ensures that we’re all on the same page from the HHS perspective,
and that this comes out with the consistency across CDC, NIH, ODPHP, President’s Council. So, that’s kind of our big picture of how
we’re putting all of this together, obviously today being a really key part of this. So, I want to touch on, just a little bit,
one of the first pillars talked about, increasing awareness of the benefits of youth sports,
and also talked about good nutrition and physical activity. And the way we’ve chosen to address those
two pieces, the physical activity and the nutrition, is to point to other federal policy
that we already have. As we mentioned already, the second addition
of the physical activity guidelines was just released this past November. This is about a four-year project with an
extensive review of the literature. A lot of time and a lot of individuals looking
at the science space, about how much physical activity we need for health benefits. So, we already know that piece, and along
with the guidelines, as released the Move Your Way communications campaign. As you can see this icon here, this is depicting
the amount of physical activity that youth need, which is the 60 minutes or more a day
of moderate intense physical activity, including three days of bone-strengthening, vigorous,
and muscle-strengthening activity for kids as well. So, we’re going to point to those pieces,
and same thing we’re going to do with dietary guidelines. We’re going to point to that from the nutrition
piece. So, we had the 2015, 2020 dietary guidelines
for Americans, also the My Plate, which is a great communication tool to talk about what
a healthy eating pattern looks like. As you may be aware, the next round of the
dietary guidelines just kicked off last week, the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines
Advisory Committee. Their work will happen over the next couple
years, so we will not be pulling in their work, but will the most current edition of
the dietary guidelines. So, we’re going to be looking to those two
pieces to get the physical activity and the nutrition piece, which will allow us to focus
more on the youth sports piece for this report. I want to highlight just a few quick pieces
here about the data side, because that is a piece that we are already engaged in on
the federal side. But it does come with some challenges. And I know we’ve asked Dan and Marie to mention
this a little bit in their opening remarks as well, but just wanted to highlight to set
the stage in why we don’t have a data point starting with this, other than we say, you
know, that kids right now — we know that the numbers are declining, and that there’s
a lot more kids that could be doing youth sports. Some of the challenges with collecting that
information comes from who is collecting it, whether it’s self-report or a parent proxy. So, who’s answering that questionnaire? How are sports defined, and also what sports
are in that definition? And so, if you’re answering a survey, is there
a dropdown list of sports that you select from? Do you write it in? There’s some variation on how we’re collecting
that information, which then makes it more challenging to really get an accurate picture
of it. The frequent of collection, so how often we’re
collecting that, when that survey’s going out, the time of year. Right now, we’re not collecting information
about the amount of time spent in sports. And we know there’s a variability in the type
of activity in terms of how many minutes of physical activity someone is getting doing
that sport. And it varies by practice, or by game, or
by season. So, there is some changes there. And then, also, the frequent of sports participation,
so figuring out, you know, do they play sports? And we check the box for one, but they may
be playing on multiple sports teams. So, how is that information getting collected? So, some of the challenges we’re kind of aware
of and thinking about. And then, finally, the linkage between doing
sports and meeting the physical activity guidelines. So, we know the amount of activity that kids
need, and we know sports are a great means that youth can meet the guidelines, but we
don’t necessarily have the connection of, if kids are doing this sport, then they’re
more likely to meet the guidelines, or it gets to X percentage of meeting the guidelines. But we do know that that is a possibility. We just don’t have all of those data pieces. And just wanted to highlight this slide, is
what we’ve looked at so far in terms of the data piece. And I mainly put this up here for the second
column for you all here in the room, and also watching this, to make sure we haven’t missed
anything. So, we’ve got a long list of different data
pieces that we’ve got on the federal side. A lot of this is managed by CDC, and then
we’ve got a list of non-federal surveys. I know a lot of organizations use the SFIA
one. A lot of that information is proprietary,
and so just thinking about how we’re collecting this information, how we’re disseminating
it, again, is there gaps or things that we could be doing form the federal side? So, going to dive in before I hand things
off to our first speakers to just give you a little bit of an overview of today’s agenda. It is really packed. When we put out a call for individuals to
speak at today’s meeting, we got a tremendous response. It took us a lot of time to go through and
decide how this would fit. We ended up organizing the — organizing the
individuals into panels to help group things by theme. We release that a lot of programs actually
cover more than one area, so we’ve asked people to kind of focus in on, you know, where they
might have something unique or different around, you know, coaching or around different programming. Following each panel, we’re going to have
some moderated Q&A. And so that’ll be for us on the federal side
to ask some questions and get some clarification about this project, but also for you all in
the audience to ask some questions, and the other panelists to ask questions and to think
about this. So, we want this to be a collaborative piece. We’ve asked Dr. Maureen Weiss and Dr. Dan
Gould to start us off today to help provide the lay of the land and an overview, so that
way, everybody doesn’t have to get up in your 15 minutes and tell us where we are in youth
sports. They’re going to do it for us, so that’ll
help kind of really set the stage so we’re all kind of starting from the same point,
and aware of kind of the — some of the challenges, some of the opportunities, and then what are
some of the gaps that we could be thinking about on the federal side as we’re writing
the report, “What could we be doing? Where are spaces that we could help or do
more in that space?” So, we’ll talk with — talk first with the
current state of things. National Conveners and Advocates are our next
panel set. We’ll have a lunch break after that. Non-traditional programming is our next panel,
and then the last two, we’ll talk about coaching strategies, recruitment, training, things
like that, and then look at programming from a variety of different levels, so looking
at national, local, and the state levels, some success stories from that. Again, we’ll have some Q&A for each of the
panels. We’ll have them up on stage in between to
talk more through things. This is just some details, and Celeste, who’s
moderating things, will put this up again. When we do get to Q&A, we just ask — we are
video recording this meeting, and taking notes. We do want to make sure we know where the
questions come from. So, please state your name and tell us your
organization so we can make sure we capture that information and ask that you just be
concise and ask questions relevant to that panel. If you didn’t get a chance to ask a question,
or for those that are watching this via webcast, we won’t be able to take your questions live,
but you can send them in to us via email. We’ll take them through this evening at midnight. And then, finally, just to wrap up, some of
the next steps, so where are we going from here? We’re going to take all of this input today,
as well as all the public comments, the lit review, the environmental scan, all of these
pieces together, and work on finalizing a draft of the report. We’ll put that out early this summer and ask
for public comment on it. For you all, we ask how you can be involved. You can follow the listservs that we send
out from ODPHP, that’s through health.gov, or the President’s Council listserv. We will be sending messages through those
as well as on our Twitter handles. We ask that you will review our draft report,
provide input. And then, when we do release in September,
again, we’ll announce all of this through our listservs. We welcome you to be a part of that release,
and help us lift up and disseminate messages from that. So, finally, just wanted to thank you all
for being a part of this meeting, and for all of the information you’re going to share. I’m looking forward to learning a lot today
and just really appreciate your time. I’ll hand things next to Dan and Maureen to
get us started for today. [applause]

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