ESPN donates $10,000 to NAYS in support of Start Smart programs

ESPN Inc. donates $10,000 to NAYS in support of Start Smart programs


The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is pleased to announce that ESPN Inc. is continuing its support of its popular and long-running Start Smart Sports Development Programs.

ESPN Inc. has provided a $10,000 donation to NAYS that is earmarked for funding Start Smart programs in 10 communities nationwide this year.

“We are so thankful for ESPN’s continued support of our programs,” said Andy Parker, Director of Youth Development for NAYS. “It is incredibly rewarding to be able to assist recreation agencies looking to provide quality programming for young children to help make their transition into organized sports a smooth one.”

Start Smart was developed by top motor skill development specialists in the field of youth sports. Parent-child groups perform motor skill tasks that gradually build confidence in children while they are having fun at the same time. Start Smart participants develop proper motor skills without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt.

Start Smart features sport-specific programs for baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis, as well as a general program covering basic motor skills applicable to all sports.

Start Smart Move and Play was also unveiled earlier this year, which teaches children (ages 2-3) the basic fine and gross motor skills necessary to create a solid foundation for future skills and activities that are part of everyday life. 

To apply for this Start Smart grant opportunity click HERE.

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