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Youth Sports

The WSMA affirms the importance of physical activity and sport participation for the health and psychosocial development of children and adolescents (Res C-7, A-22)

The WSMA supports the formation of a task force or work group charged with identifying community led strategies to mitigate racial and socioeconomic barriers to youth sport participation across Washington state. These strategies may include but are not limited to:

  1. The expansion of public access to recreation spaces through the development of joint-use arrangements;
  2. The improvement of transit availability;
  3. The construction and maintenance of community facilities (Res C-7, A-22)

The WSMA supports protections and expansions for equitable school-based opportunities for physical activity, including but not limited to:

  1. daily recess requirement in elementary and middle schools, and
  2. statewide provision of school sport fee waivers for low-income families. (Res C-7, A-22)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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