Salem Community Center becomes NYSS Champion

SALEM – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recognized the Salem Community Center as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion program.

HHS released the NYSS in September 2019 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13824, which called for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation. The NYSS is the first federal road map with actionable strategies to increase participation in youth sports, increase awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation, monitor and evaluate youth sports participation, and recruit and engage volunteers in youth sports programming.

NYSS aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: 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 represent organizations that are working towards achieving this vision.

As an NYSS Champion, the Salem Community Center has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. The Salem Community Center will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov 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 ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are furthering the mission of the NYSS and helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”

Cory Wonner, CenterPlex Director at the Salem Community Center said, “With the sports facilities and community support we have at the Community Center, we are able to provide a wide range of recreational activities to engage many of the youth in our area. Being a part of the NYSS Champion program will open up a nationwide educational and networking resource that will help us with ideas to develop new youth programs as well as promote the programs we currently offer.”

About Salem Community Center

The Salem Community Center is a private not for profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life within our community. We promote the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle for children and their families through physical fitness, and competitive and recreational sports. This continuous process will be enhanced by new found relationship with the NYSS.

The NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by the Salem Community Center does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.

About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN) is a Federal Advisory Committee run by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. PCSFN and ODPHP accomplish this by setting national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans. PCSFN and ODPHP are 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 health.gov.


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