UW Center for Leadership in Athletics

March 7, 2024

How Youth Sports Can Help Solve the Mental Health Crisis


Dr. Hannah Olson along with other #MillionCoachesChallenge partners, supported by the Susan Crown Exchange, spoke at SXSW EDU about how youth sports can play a transformative role in tackling the mental health crisis and fostering social connection.

Research shows sports are uniquely positioned to promote healing, growth and belonging. Quality coaching is key to delivering on these outcomes, but only 25% of the U.S.’ 6.5 million coaches are trained in youth development. Partners of the #MillionCoachesChallenge are committed to investing in coaches as a strategy to improve youth outcomes. Learn more about the Million Coaches Challenge here.

Watch the full SXSW EDU panel!