The Sportsmanship Initiative is a series of programs
implemented by the Sports Commission to make St. Louis a model community
for good sportsmanship and to create positive environments
for kids to play sports so they remain active and lead healthier,
Too often today, kids are turning away from playing
sports because of an over-emphasis on winning, unrealistic expectations
by parents, over-specialization, or simply, sports are no longer
fun. These factors put the long-term health of youth sports
– and most importantly the health of youths themselves –
at risk. After all, the benefits of participating in sports
are numerous, from a decreased risk of obesity to learning lifelong
lessons about character and teamwork. Still, 70 percent of
youngsters drop out of sports by age 13. It’s the goal
of the Sports Commission to reverse that trend in St. Louis.
Through the Sportsmanship Initiative, the Sports
Commission seeks to improve the experiences of young athletes.
It is reaching out to coaches, parents, officials, athletes and
fans to make youth sports more enjoyable and to reinforce the ideals
of respect, civility, integrity, and fair play at all levels.
Help set the tone for good sportsmanship. Help us make St. Louis home to America’s Best Sports!
SOLOMON'S SPORTSMANSHIP BLOG
Solomon Alexander, Director of the
St. Louis Sports Foundation, shares his thoughts on respect, fair play, civility and fun in sports. Updated regularly, his blog addresses the good, bad and the ugly topics in sports with the intention of making the sports experience better for all. Check out Solomon's Sportsmanship Blog by clicking here.
Official Radio Partner of the
St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Initiative
For more information on the Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship
Initiative, contact Solomon Alexander, Director - St. Louis Sports Foundation,
at 314-345-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sportsmanship Initiative is a project of the
St. Louis Sports Foundation, the 501c3 charitable affiliate of the
St. Louis Sports Commission. The Foundation was established
as a legacy of the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994 to enrich the lives
of area children.