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Rose to Mayor: Set Youth Sports Leagues Up for Success in Reopening

Congressman: ‘Our government exists to support the people—it’s as simple as that’

Staten Island, July 2, 2020

With youth sports leagues preparing to start next week, Congressman Max Rose urged Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to proactively reach out to youth sports teams and organizations to ensure that their permits are in order and that the leagues are prepared to successfully meet new guidelines for restarting operations amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Youth sports organizations are included in Phase 3 of New York City’s reopening, which is set to begin on July 6th.

“Little League and youth sports are the cultural bedrock of Staten Island and South Brooklyn. As we continue to bend the curve in New York City, the families in my district are thrilled that their kids can get out and play again,” Rose wrote in a letter to the Mayor. “We should not take this major step for granted—what states like Florida and Arizona have taught us is that we must remain vigilant, especially when it comes to our youngest and most vulnerable populations.”

In the letter, Rose points out that New York State guidelines require youth sports organizations to meet a range of new requirements, including screening, testing, tracking, tracing, and ensuring that personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene, and disinfectant standards are met. Rose urged the Mayor, Parks Department and other relevant New York City departments to proactively reach out to organizations to ensure that their permits are in order, and that they have the resources in place to meet these requirements and keep our children safe.  

Rose continued, “If City Hall takes this extra step ahead of July 6, our parents and youth sports teams will be more prepared to comply with guidelines, and our children will be better equipped to actually get their summer and childhoods back.”

Rose is a strong supporter and advocate for youth sports leagues. In May, Rose introduced legislation to provide necessary relief for youth sports leagues and working families by expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to include all fees and costs associated with youth sports and activities, and by authorizing a new relief fund for youth sports providers, programs, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation is endorsed by the PLAY Sports Coalition, representing 3,000+ youth sports related organizations.

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.

Full text of the letter HERE.