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Courtesy photoCongressman Mike McIntyre greets young athletes during a recent sporting event.
Courtesy photoCongressman Mike McIntyre greets young athletes during a recent sporting event.
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, founder and chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, was honored by the National Council on Youth Sports for his long legacy of leadership as he prepares to retire and as he helped kick off a celebration of National Youth Sports Week on Capitol Hill earlier in the week.

“Youth sports are the key to better grades, excellent interpersonal skills, and a healthier lifestyle,” McIntyre said. “That’s why we started the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports — to support all the organizations, coaches, officials, parents, and volunteers who are making a difference each and every day in the life of our young people. It’s an honor to participate in National Youth Sports Week as we highlight and celebrate the importance of youth sports in our communities, and the positive impact they have on building productive and healthy citizens!”

The executive director of the National Council of Youth Sports, Sally Johnson, recognized the congressman for his dedication to youth sports. “On behalf of 60-million young athletes, we thank you for your years of loyal support to youth sports and your untiring dedication to physical activity for a lifetime. Your commitment to the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports is respected, appreciated, and has made a meaningful difference,” she said.

McIntyre, who has coached youth sports, including three All-American Drug-Free Teams, has worked with numerous national sports organizations to promote youth sports, recreation and fitness over the last several years, including the NFL, PGA, U.S. Tennis, U.S. Soccer, U.S. Olympia Committee, the NCAA, and Major League Baseball, among others. He has been named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.

In 2012 he was inducted into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame for his local and national work on behalf of youth sports.

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