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Rose Introduces Legislation to Provide Necessary Relief to Youth Sports Leagues and Activity Groups, Working Families

As youth sports organizations have lost $8.5 billion nationwide due to COVID-19, Congressman’s bill would provide working families and organizations critical relief

Staten Island, May 18, 2020

Continuing his efforts to provide critical 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, Congressman Max Rose introduced the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act. The new legislation would equip working families with the financial tools to bounce back from this economic crisis and help save the organizations which serve as cultural bedrocks of our communities, which have seen at least $8.5 billion in losses nationwide due to COVID-19.

“Little league, youth soccer, dance and all our youth sports organizations and activities are so much more than a chance for our kids to play—they serve as foundations to our community,” Rose said. “But unfortunately like every other corner of our society, these organizations and the families that support them have been hit incredibly hard by the coronavirus. They need our help and I’m proud to fight to get them the relief they so desperately need.”

Specifically, Rose’s COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 6912) would:

  • Authorize a relief fund for youth sports providers, programs, and organizations currently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and ensure it includes expenses for youth physical activities, including organized individual and team sports, fitness and exercise, and other recreational activities;
  • Ensure that expenses related to youth physical activities are eligible to be paid for with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); and
  • Increase the maximum contribution per household for Dependent Care FSAs from $5,000 to $10,000.

“This act would greatly benefit the families and Great Kills Little League because the registration fees collected have been depleted,” said John Cingari, treasurer of Great Kills Little League. “We have already paid for uniforms, insurance, field maintenance and our utility bills continue each month. To make matters worse parents are now requesting refunds which we are unable to pay. The relief fund would enable us to continue to pay for ongoing expenses and make refunds. In addition, if the parents receive tax credits for fees already paid it would lift the burden of the little league having to make refunds. Money we don’t have. We support this relief act 100 percent.”

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our organization,” said Greg Janvier, Executive Director of the United Sports Youth League – Staten Island. “We had to cancel our spring season which impacted close to 200 kids. Our 6-week Summer Camp has also been cancelled.  Just this week, we received word that our parks department has closed their facilities through the End of August. This news makes it impossible for us to plan for the Fall season. This loss is being felt by our employees, our athletes, their families and our community. We are so grateful to Rep. Rose for his leadership with this legislation. He knows what an important role youth sports plays in our district and is doing what he can to get us back in the game.”

“For the first time in our lifetime, summer approaches without young people attending camps, playing baseball and participating in other activities,” said Wayne B. Moss, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “NCYS and the PLAY Sports Coalition are pleased to support the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act because it will provide relief to parents who desperately need help and will provide needed financial relief to support sports, recreation and fitness-related activities.”

Rose is a strong supporter and advocate for youth sports leagues. Last month, Rose urged Congressional leadership provide relief by 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.

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 introduced the COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act with Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. The legislation is endorsed by the PLAY Sports Coalition, representing 3,000+ youth sports related organizations.

Full bill text HERE.

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