NYC Pushing For More Youth Sports And Recreation Opportunities
New York City officials are trying to create more opportunities for organized youth sports. The City council just passed a bill that would establish an Office of Sports, Wellness and Recreation. The Office would be responsible for promoting youth sporting events and expanding recreational opportunities, particularly in under resourced communities. Nzingha Prescod is a two-time Olympic fencer who grew up in East Flatbush.
“Because sport system today requires significant dollars for families, this opportunity to develop are best selves is scarce and communities like mine are often excluded, epically in nontraditional sports.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says more organized recreational opportunities are needed. He points out that a 2018 study shows less than half of 307 schools had dedicated gym space in his borough.
“If you were to do a mapping where a high level of violence, high level of obesity, you will find the absence of organized sports.”
Officials say sports are necessary for not only fun but to promote health, wellness and special development.