Team Up DC

Team Up DC

Powered by DC Trust, Team Up DC Youth Sports Network (Team Up DC) improves the quality of youth sports programs and leverages sports participation – which is correlated with reductions in obesity, dropout rates, gang involvement and youth violence – as a youth development tool to create positive academic, health and life outcomes for DC’s youth.

Approach 

It is essential for youth to have access to high quality youth sports programs that provide opportunities to develop their academic, career, personal, social and athletic skills. That’s why Team Up DC strives to:

>  Ensure high quality sports programs and activities exist for all youth.

>  Enhance the skills of coaches and volunteers through training as coaches, role models, and mentors.

>  Incorporate youth development principles into all youth sports programs.

>  Infuse nationally recognized standards into youth sports leagues to increase quality and safety.

>  Promote health, nutrition and fitness for youth, families and communities.

Major Components

>  Training/workshops for coaches, league administrators, volunteers, officials, and athletic trainers.

>  Resources for youth sports programs (discounted equipment, uniforms, facilities, funding, etc.).

>  Regular network meetings for Team Up DC members and special events to raise awareness.

Special Initiatives

>  Coaching Certification Program

Coaches receive certification after completing formal training curriculum to build their skill set as coaches and mentors.

>  S.C.O.R.E. (Sports Careers Offer Real Experience)

College and high school interns gain work experience in various sports-related fields such as management, media, and facilities management.

>  Take Your Parents to Practice Day and Health Fair

Parents get to experience a youth sports practice with their children as the coaches for the day. The community health fair promotes healthy living.

>  “Bring Your A-Game” Awards Ceremony

Annual awards ceremony recognizes student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in the community.

>  Free Sports Physical Day

Student athletes receive a free physical to complete their eligibility for youth sports participation.

>  Team Up! For DC

Athletes from each of the local professional sports teams team up to promote positive messages through a media campaign and special appearances.

>  DC Corporate Sports Challenge

In this annual major fundraiser, local businesses compete in fun Olympic style games for athletic supremacy and bragging rights.

For more information please visit TeamUpDC.org or contact Kara Adams at 202-939-1388.