According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), youth should received 60 minutes or more of vigorous, intense exercise each day. We know our programs are needed because the CDC also reports:
- Nearly 1 in 3 Nashville adolescents self-report being overweight
- Nearly 3 in 4 Nashville adolescents report they do not participate in daily physical activity
YES operates a recreational sports league with area churches and youth programs in order to to train young men and women athletics, improve self esteem, and teach discipline within a Christian environment.This demands a higher degree of sportsmanship than is normally found with other leagues.
Each year, Youth Encouragement Services (YES) hosts our most notorious sports program, the winter Basketball League, from December – March. This season one group among (4) different teams was able to sweep the entire championship and win in every division. The Cougars of the YES Lindsley Center in downtown Nashville took home four championship trophies on last Saturday for the first time in this center’s history.
The director of the YES Lindsley Center, Daryl Elliott, has led the after-school programming and its basketball league for the past 20 years. He has impacted the lives of thousands of children along the way, but this is a memory to be etched in his heart and mind forever.
We've recently added Soccer and FutSal to our programs, and look forward to building those leagues to rival our established basketball league!