Up2Us Sports Coaches: 2016 Report
Up2Us Sports conducted an internal evaluation through data collection from over 200 coaches working in urban areas all over the country. According to the findings, coaches help improve physical fitness and life skills of youth participants.
Coaching For Impact: An Evaluation of Up2Us Sports Conducted by the Louisiana Public Health Institute
The Louisiana Public Health Institute conducted an external evaluation in New Orleans during the 2015-2016 program year. The evaluation measured the extent to which Up2Us Sports contributes to improved fitness and the development of positive attributes for youth. Data was collected from youth participants in the Up2Us Sports program and a comparison group of youth not involved in Up2Us Sports programming.
LPHI found that youth who work with Up2Us Sports coaches improve fitness levels and improve in some high impact attributes when compared with youth not working with Up2Us Sports coaches. LPHI also found that higher Up2Us Sports coach skills resulted in more positive changes for youth.
Physical Activity and Fitness Outcomes in Sports-Based Youth Development Programs
Data collection from the Coach Across America program shows the amount of time youth must spend in physical activities to see real outcomes.
We Need Our Children to Play Again: The Sports-Based Youth Development Movement in America
Going, Going, Gone: The Decline of Youth Sports
This Up2Us Sports report details the alarming trend of pay-to-play in US public school athletic departments.
Improving health through youth sports: Is participation enough?
Bergeron: New Directions for Youth Development, 2007
Sports and Academic Achievement
Dropout and academic failure are common in underserved communities. Sports can improve academic performance, aspiration, attainment, and engagement. Up2Us Sports believes that increasing sports participation can encourage academic achievement in all communities.