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Rose Pushes for COVID Relief to Youth Sports Leagues and Activity Groups

Most organizations are facing financial troubles due to fixed costs and a rush of refunded fees that current COVID relief programs do not address

Congressman Max Rose is urging Congressional leadership to provide relief for youth sports and activities groups who are faced with economic uncertainty, as well as the working parents forced to make difficult decisions about their children’s education and development.

“Youth sports and activities are so essential to why Staten Island and South Brooklyn is the best place to raise a family,” Rose said. “But unfortunately due to fixed costs and cancelled seasons due to the pandemic, these organizations are hanging by a thread. My proposal allows parents to recoup costs and fees without putting these leagues and programs out of business.”

In order to provide relief to families and parents of children participating in youth activities, Rose proposes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to include all fees and costs associated with youth sports and activities, even those that go beyond the current cap. Currently, families can claim up to $3,000 in dependent care expenses for one child. Depending on the family’s income, they get 20-35 percent of that expense amount in a tax credit.

“Unfortunately, for small businesses and organizations like Little League teams, dance studios, art schools for children, associated fees with these programs have already been spent on equipment, supplies, rent, and other expenditures,” wrote Rose in a letter to the Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Richard Neal. “In the case of Little League teams, many are ineligible for the Paycheck Protection Program that they would otherwise use to stay afloat, as these teams are primarily volunteer-based with little-to-no payroll costs. These programs are the cultural foundation of Staten Island, South Brooklyn, and in cities across the nation, and serve an invaluable function in the lives of our developing youth. Any COVID-19 relief bill must address this, as these organizations, and the working parents that support them, are nearing the brink.”

Rose is a strong supporter and advocate for youth sports leagues. Last spring, with the Staten Island Soccer League season in doubt due to a lack of maintenance at Miller Field, Rose and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo announced that after weeks of hard work and uncertainty, they forged a resolution together with the Staten Island Soccer League and National Park Service that allowed the soccer season to start on time for the first time in years.

Rose has been continuing to lead efforts to ensure New York and all those impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis are made whole. Citing the urgent need for immediate relief for those who are hurting as a result of this pandemic, Rose helped pass the bipartisan CARES Act which will provide more than $40 billion to New York, including vital support for first responders and medical workers on the front lines. Rose has called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include pandemic response efforts as eligible for hazard mitigation funding in addition to urging FEMA to waive the 25 percent state match for FEMA funding and to approving all outstanding requests by New York State for badly needed aid, including Individual Assistance which would help with unemployment, shelter, and food assistance.

Full text of the letter HERE.

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