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USYS Partners with US Center for Mental Health & Sport

By US Youth Soccer, 10/21/21, 10:00AM CDT

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Innovative health partner delivers additional benefits to USYS members

US Youth Soccer (USYS) is pleased to announce their partnership with the U.S. Center for Mental Health and Sport (USC-MHS) to provide unmatched and ongoing mental health training, resources, support and benefits to their members.

USC-MHS is focused on making sport environments a place where all involved can experience support for their mental health. Whether individuals' mental health is thriving or languishing, the USC-MHS has developed resources, training and support to help make the sport environment inclusive and positive.

USC-MHS is led by founders Margaret Domka and Skye Arthur-Banning, PhD. who are mental health and sport researchers and practitioners that have authored multiple publications on youth and amateur sport. They have served as a former FIFA Women’s World Cup Referee and US Soccer National Referee. With 30+ years each in amateur sport, they continue to serve as a current member of the Board of Directors for the US Association for Blind Athletes; Referee Committee Member for USYS Midwest Region; members of the USYS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; National Referee Coaches; and active referees for youth, college, and a variety of disability soccer programs.

“This partnership will provide USYS with a singular mental health partner so that its members can access the very best information and resources to improve, maintain and support their mental wellbeing,” said Skip Gilbert, USYS CEO. “We are on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. USC-MHS gives USYS members unmatched resources and benefits in a critical health care space.”

 “US Youth Soccer is a leading youth sport organization that supports its members both on and off the field of play. The USC-MHS extends that support into the area of mental health,” said Margaret Domka, USC-MHS Executive Director. “We are excited to be a partner of USYS, with its vision and mission focusing on the value of youth soccer well beyond how many goals were scored or who walked away with a win. Participants experiencing optimal mental health is a win that USYS and USC-MHS can work together to achieve.”

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)

US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals, on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 3 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer. For more information, visit www.usyouthsoccer.org.

About the U.S. Center for Mental Health and Sport (USC-MHS)

The U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport is a registered 501c3 organization developing sport environments that allow for optimum mental wellness by providing mental health training and resources, opening pathways to access additional mental health support services, and committing to the advancement of mental health and sport research. We believe mental health falls along a continuum and the mental health we experience can change throughout our lives. USC-MHS provides avenues to establish a sport environment that is inclusive in supporting the mental health of all participants and encouraging conversations about mental health. Mental Health Matters!  https://mentalhealthandsport.org/