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Darryl Hill Honored by the Maryland General Assembly

On January 28, 2014 the Maryland General Assembly issued a resolution recognizing Darryl A. Hill for “Changing the Culture of Athletics.” Mr. Hill was applauded for integrating college athletics in 1963 while playing football for the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland, which was represented by its President, Wallace Loh and Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson, was also cited for the key role it played in bringing down the walls of segregation in college sports.

The Maryland Assembly led by Senate President, Mike Miller (pictured above with Mr. Hill) and Speaker of the House, Michael Busch, also recognized Darryl Hill’s current efforts to help kids be more active and involved in sports. His foundation, KIDS PLAY USA, works to make organized youth sports affordable and available to all our children.

Mark Your Calendars! Youth Sports Day Sept. 10th at Your Local Greene Turtle Restaurant


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On the Court and Off the Streets

Participating in athletics is not a magical formula to keep youth out of trouble. A troubled teen doesn’t just put on a basketball jersey and suddenly become a perfect child. However, when he or she takes part in an organized sport, practices every day and learns how to become an integral part of a team, they are less likely to fall into trouble. A teenager with too much idle time can be a recipe for disaster.

When playing a competitive sport you are required to practice. Usually these practices take place 3-5 times per week for 2 hours per day. This leaves less time available for a child to get into mischief. Youth who are fully involved in their sport, are less interested in drinking, drugs and or risky sexual behaviors. Female athletes are 65% less likely to become teen mothers, when they are involved in competitive sports. Student athletes are 70% more likely to keep good grades in order to stay on the team.

Sports have the ability to give teenagers a sense of self worth and accomplishment. Many teen athletes illuminate at the thought of doing something that benefits themselves, their friends and their communities. Having a positive outlet keeps children who would otherwise be involved in gangs, etc, a place to build up their confidence, respect for authority, and develop a work ethic. NFL coach Tony Dungy said it best:

When you represent something that is larger than yourself and means something to others, it changes your perspective. It helps you see directly and in a positive way that what you do can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life.”

In today’s society, it is easy for children to fall off a path of success. Nevertheless, when they are a part of a team, they can learn the necessary tools to avoid a troubling road. Going out and becoming a part of the football team or the swimming team will not rid teens of all their problems.  It is not a cure to teen drug abuse, or any other detrimental behaviors, but it definitely gives them an opportunity to stay on the right side of the law.

Welcome to Our New Website

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website for Kids Play USA Foundation (www.kidsplayusafoundation.org). Please feel free to take a look and navigate through the website to learn more about organization and how you can get involved to support our mission to get as many children involved in organized youth sports as possible. Our new website is very interactive and highlights the current challenge of the rising costs of youth sports, our game plan to address the challenge, a special events section, e-newsletter sign-up, a photo gallery, testimonials, a news stream and blog where we will be featuring relevant information and resource tips related to youth sports and much more.

Sign-Up for Our E-Newsletter

Want to stay connected with Kids Play USA? Sign up for our e-newsletter today to stay “in-the-know” about the progress of our programs, upcoming special events, and the latest news, resources and tip related to youth sports.  Sign Up today by clicking HERE