February 2021

Outdoor Participation Up Significantly, Says Topline Data From Outdoor Foundation

The Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, released topline data frm its forthcoming Outdoor Participation Report, supporting what has been reported anecdotally for the past year: Americans found respite and solace from pandemic restrictions by increasing their time outdoors, participating in activities such as trail running, hiking, camping, fishing and biking.

USA Swimming Awards Funds to Local Swimming Committees

Now in its second year, USA Swimming’s Athlete Leadership Summit Grant Program has awarded funds to more than 20 local swimming committees (LSCs), totaling $18,000 of allocated funding. LSCs must support the program with a matching amount equal to at least 50% of the money awarded by USA Swimming.

NGWSD Celebrates Girls & Women in Sports

Feb. 3, 2021 was the 35th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a day of observance recognizing the importance of equal opportunities in sport for girls and women. In honor of the day, the Women’s Sports Foundation hosted virtual events to engage girls across the country, as well as legislators on Capitol Hill. This annual day of celebration and advocacy aims to inspire girls and women to play and be active, to help realize their limitless potential. Now more than ever, with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice movement and political tumult, staying mentally and physically healthy and resilient is vital.

Organizations Lodge Opposition to Last-Minute LWCF Changes

Various organizations have registered their vigorous opposition to last-minute changes by the outgoing Trump Administration to the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) State Assistance Program, including virtually ending the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program. The LWCF Coalition, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the City Parks Alliance all registered their opposition and insisted that these changes be reversed.