The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has a commitment to youth sport outreach programming and believes that sport can be a key asset in the protection of ethics and integrity as well as the promotion of physical, emotional, and psycho-social health. When the 2010 study “What Sport Means in America” found a disconnect between the aspirational promise of youth sport and the perceived disappointments of reality, USADA responded by launching its TrueSport division in 2012.
TrueSport is founded on three cornerstones: Sportsmanship, Character Building & Life Skills, and Clean & Healthy Performance. We believe that, by reaching children early and often, we can impact behavior and decision making at a young age. Exposing youth to quality programming that is rooted in value and skill-development models, and facilitated by educated and supported adults, allows today’s youth to become tomorrow’s community and thought leaders. America’s next generation of global citizens deserve nothing less.
TrueSport has built a library of content, resources, and videos on various topics to support the development of youth through our Cornerstones.
The heart of our program is our TrueSport Lessons. These lessons are designed using the whole child approach, are applicable to athletes in many stages of development, flexible to the coach and team’s needs and promote TrueSport in Action. Each lesson provides coaches with interactive and practical resources to incorporate TrueSport’s Cornerstones into school and sport settings. The lessons include real-world stories, background information, discussion starters and activities to bring TrueSport to life in the daily actions of youth. Topics include:
o Respect & Accountability
o A Good Sport
o Bullying Prevention
• CHARACTER BUILDING & LIFE SKILLS
o Performance Anxiety
• CLEAN & HEALTHY PERFORMANCE
o Energy Drinks
o Dietary Supplements
o Performance-Enhancing Drugs
o Preparation & Recovery
o Clean Sport
o Body Image
TrueSport is committed to delivering a gold-standard in all endeavors of youth education. We provide engaging resources and programmatic elements grounded in science and experience of experts in the fields of education, coaching, sport psychology and nutrition. TrueSport aims to give young athletes the skills necessary to succeed in sport and life. But, teaching those lessons requires the support of parents.