Based on the belief that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the numerous benefits of youth sports, Olympic City USA is once again leveraging a grant from Comcast NBCUniversal and supporting funds from Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) to cover registration fees for pre-kindergarten thru second grade soccer players registered through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department this spring. The first 300 local children to register in each of the designated age group divisions – pre-kindergarten thru kindergarten and first grade thru second grade – will enjoy free soccer this season.
The program is made possible through two grants given to Olympic City USA from Comcast NBCUniversal and Children’s Colorado. Comcast NBCUniversal’s investment was the catalyst for the idea. Fabos says the promotion, “truly brings the spirit of Olympic City USA to the grassroots level.”
In addition to the funding, both organizations have pledged to help recruit youth sport coaches from their internal ranks to meet the need.
Through additional supporting funds, the contribution from Children’s Colorado ensures that the program can sustain growth through the spring season.
The promotion, which originally launched January 2020, drove record registration numbers before being postponed due to the cancellation of spring and fall youth sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth sports is scheduled to go forward under the appropriate State-mandated protocols starting in March.
With the revamp of the program, the newly-opened U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum joins in to provide added benefit to youth sport participants in Olympic City USA. From January 5 to 10, all children wearing a youth sports jersey or able to produce their proof of registration will receive free admission at the door as part of a Youth Sports Week collaboration with the City of Colorado Springs.
Registration for pre-K-2 soccer opened Jan. 4, and can be completed via mail, walk in or online. While registration fees are waived for every method, online transactions carry a $3 processing fee.
Through a partnership with the National Inclusion Project, Youth Sports strives to offer opportunities for children of all abilities. Call (719) 385-6964 for details.