August 2021

Leading Organizations Endorse Children's Bill of Rights in Sports

Several dozen of the most influential organizations in the sport and nonprofit sectors have officially endorsed the Children's Bill of Rights in Sports, drafted by the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program to create a shared cultural understanding about the right of all youth to play and to develop through sports.

Screentime Up, Mental & Physical Fitness Down, Says New Study

A new research study from TeamSnap in collaboration with The Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University and Louisiana Tech University's Minds in Motion Lab, demonstrated significant findings about the connection between youth sports and health, with nine in 10 parents (89%) citing mental health as a top reason their children participate in youth sports, and more than half (52%) reporting that their children's mental health and physical fitness decreased during the pandemic.

The Great American Outdoors Act, One Year Later

August. 4, 2021, was the one-year anniversary of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act being signed into law. The act authorized $900 million in annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and is designed to address the nearly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog on federal public lands.

IHRSA Foundation Digs Into the New Fitness Consumer Mindset

New consumer research commissioned by the IHRSA Foundation and ABC Fitness Solutions shows motivation to stay fit in a post-pandemic world is less about having a solid physique and more about achieving a holistic approach to physical exercise and mental well-being. A study conducted by ClubIntel in June 2021 shows that the active consumer motivation for a total fitness experience demands highly personalized delivery—the fitness industry can no longer provide a one-size-fits-all approach and expect to succeed.

NRPA Announces Grant Funding to Support Equitable Access to Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded grant funding totaling more than $2.5 million to support the advancement of community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improve the environmental resilience and health of communities. The grant funding will also provide ongoing peer learning and coaching, professional development, and access to networks of like-minded park and recreation professionals across the country.