MORE ABOUT ACCESS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Stemming from a partnership with the Aspen Institute and Nike, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative is working to increase access to sports and physical activity for underserved youth by using a collective impact model of action to target resources, programming, and attention to those children who need it most. We are working with stakeholders at both the national and local levels to ensure access to the beneficial health impact of sports and physical activity in the daily lives of individuals and communities.
Houston and Harris County Sports Coalition
Our Access to Sports program engages youth serving organizations in Houston and Harris County, Texas, to increase opportunity for sports and physical activity for underrepresented youth such as girls, children of color, children from low-income communities, LGBT youth, and children with disabilities. Using the Project Play Report as a framework for change, we are building a coalition of these youth-serving organizations to create a scalable model of engagement, empowerment, and health improvement designed to maximize the benefits of sport and physical activity for better health for all youth.
The Access to Sports Coalition seeks to promote and protect the interests of youth sports and opportunities for physical activity by collaborating with each other as well as external stakeholders that have an interest in increasing access to sports and physical activity. In Houston and Harris County, the Access to Sports Coalition is comprised of over 25 youth-serving organizations including the YMCA of Greater Houston, Harris County Recreation and Park Association, The First Tee, Girls on the Run, Playworks, Houston Sports Authority, USTA of Texas, and many other sports leagues and coaches. The Coalition works to build greater organizational capacity through meetings, events, trainings, and the sharing of resources to increase engagement of underserved youth.
Using the same collective impact model that CHMI uses at the broader community health level, the Access to Sports Coalition will continue to promote youth engagement through its work in sports and physical activity programs in Houston and Harris County to encourage young people to start and stay in sports, keep physically active for the long term, and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and health inequities. From this work CHMI will build a replicable and scalable model of success that can be utilized by other cities and counties to ensure that the efforts to increase sports and physical activity opportunities for underserved youth builds momentum both regionally and nationwide.