Ivanka Trump: ‘We must break down barriers to youth sports participation’

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After returning home from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, first daughter Ivanka Trump says the Trump administration will take steps to increase participation in youth sports.

The White House adviser said, “We must break down barriers to youth sports participation” in her Monday opinion piece for NBC News.

“We believe that every child deserves the chance to play and engage in sports and recreational activities, regardless of their zip code, athletic potential or financial status,” Trump wrote.

“We are working to remove barriers to entry so that students can improve their lives and their future outcomes, and so that we adequately prepare the next generation of leaders to lift up our communities and strengthen our nation,” she added.

{mosads}Trump noted that children who are involved in sports have higher self-esteem, are better at working with others and are more likely to perform well academically. She also cited a 2014 study that concluded students who participate in supervised sports are less likely to commit, or be a victim of, a crime.

She lamented that increased costs associated with youth sports has led to a drop off in participation, particularly among economically disadvantaged kids. 

To address that trend, Trump said the president will sign an executive order asking Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to develop a national strategy to increase youth sports participation.

Trump returned Monday from a trip to Pyeongchang where she led the U.S. delegation at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. She called her experience at the games “incredibly inspiring.”

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