Laureus USA and GoGo squeeZ® Launch “Fun Comes First” Playbook
Youth Sports Nonprofit Partners with Nutritious Snack Brand and USWNT Members to Empower Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
NEW YORK, NY (October 19, 2021) – Laureus Sport for Good USA in partnership with GoGo squeeZ® is tackling the pandemic’s impact on youth sports head on by introducing the Fun Comes First Playbook to empower parents, teachers and coaches to elevate kids’ voices and participation in sport and play activities. Fun Comes First Playbook is a free, shareable resource full of tips, case studies, data, and expert insights on how to improve youth sport programming by emphasizing kids’ primary motivating factor: fun.
The Fun Comes First Playbook, which can be downloaded here or at GoGosqueeZ.com/Playbook, is grounded in making a more equitable, accessible, and fun environment for all kids, regardless of location or background.
Throughout the pandemic, GoGo squeeZ® has focused on the physical and emotional impact staying at home had on kids. Research shows that 78%1 of schools reported that students were receiving significantly less physical activity as many youth sports leagues were put on hold. The number one cited reason for kids dropping out of sports was they were no longer having fun.2
“Now, more than ever, it’s critical to ensure fun is at the top of the youth sports agenda,” said Ivan Giraud, President and General Manager of Materne North America. “Through the Fun Comes First Playbook, Laureus Sport for Good USA and GoGo squeeZ® is committed to helping create and nourish fun, safe, and accessible spaces to encourage active play and teamwork, which we know have immeasurable benefits on youth development.”
To help spread awareness for the Fun Comes First Playbook, GoGo squeeZ® is rallying the voices of four USWNT members, professional athlete mothers: Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, and Sydney Leroux. These brand ambassadors star in a new video, developed by GoGo squeeZ®, dedicated to ensuring youth programming is centered around youth voices as kids return to sports and safe socialization with friends.
USWNT star Alex Morgan, a two-year GoGo squeeZ® brand ambassador, knows firsthand the importance of keeping fun in focus and the positive ripple effect it can have on kids. As a new mother, Alex recently looked back at her own trajectory with youth soccer and the nurturing support she received from her father, Michael Morgan, in a new docu-style video created by GoGo squeeZ®.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on youth sports attendance, and GoGo squeeZ® recognizes the importance of keeping kids in the game,” said USWNT member Alex Morgan. “As my first coach, my dad made sure I was always having fun. As unofficial coaches to our daughter, Charlie, my husband and I prioritize building in active play to her daily schedule given its many physical and emotional benefits. She’s learning and we’re all having fun at the same time.”
The Fun Comes First Playbook’s findings will be front and center at the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit during its virtual gathering on October 19th and 20th – a nationwide summit for youth sports leaders. The topic of putting fun first will be featured in a keynote panel at the Project Play Summit hosted by the USWNT GoGo squeeZ® ambassadors: Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, and Sydney Leroux.
1 As reported in a study by BMC Public Health, 2021
2 Visek, A. J., ..et al. (2015) The fun integration theory: Towards sustaining child and adolescent sport participation. Journal of Physical Activity and health, 12, 424-433.
About Laureus Sport for Good USA
Laureus USA is a non-profit, grant-making organization that works to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. Since 2012, we have impacted the lives of over one million youth by investing $20 million in sports-based youth development organizations around the country that unleash the power of sport to enhance physical and mental health, improve educational and employment outcomes, and address critical social justice issues. We have also provided trainings focused on positive youth development and social-emotional learning for over 14,000 coaches. Laureus USA is a member of the global Laureus network, which includes 7 National Laureus Sport for Good Foundations, 1 Global Foundation, the Laureus World Sports Academy (and Ambassadors), and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Learn more about Sport for Good at www.LaureusUSA.com.
About GoGo squeeZ®
GoGo squeeZ’s® mission is to make it easier for kids and families to be healthier and happier. Since 1998, the brand has been the leading squeezable pouch made from 100% fruit and vegetables. GoGo squeeZ® makes on-the-go snacking nutritious and delicious with more than 30 flavors of squeezable applesauce, Fruit & VeggieZ, YogurtZ and SmoothieZ. Each pouch is crafted with the highest quality ingredients from nature. For more information visit www.gogosqueez.com.