COVID-19 and the indefinite suspension of youth sports have left many families without ways to keep their kids active and excited through regular practices and games. Now is the time to recognize that thousands of families have been denied these experiences since long before the pandemic; their children spend season after season without sports simply because they cannot afford to play; their neighborhoods lack investment and opportunities to participate.
The pause gives us time to ensure that the game never goes back to the “normal” that resigns thousands of kids in underserved neighborhoods to the sidelines, without ever having the opportunity to benefit from sports and positive coaching. If we prioritize equitable access in youth sports, the next generation of athletes who come out of this moment can be the most diverse and inclusive yet—uninhibited by their neighborhood or economic background.
We are here for the long haul. When youth sports do come back, we can be sure of one thing: Coaching Corps will be there, continuing to champion access to quality sports and mentorship for every child.