The National Sportsmanship Foundation
The National Sportsmanship Foundation

St. Louis Programs

Welcome to the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sports Foundation and Sportsmanship Programs.

Through its affiliated St. Louis Sports Foundation, the St. Louis Sports Commission implements programs and activities that promote sportsmanship, create positive environments for kids to play sports, and help young people lead healthier, happier lives.

Too often today, kids are turning away from playing sports because of an over-emphasis on winning, unrealistic expectations by parents, over-specialization, or simply, sports are no longer fun. These factors put the long-term health of youth sports – and most importantly the health of youths themselves – at risk. After all, the benefits of participating in sports are numerous, from a decreased risk of obesity to learning lifelong lessons about character and teamwork. Still, 70 percent of youngsters drop out of sports by age 13. It’s the goal of the Sports Commission to reverse that trend in St. Louis.

By informing and inspiring those involved in youth sports, the Sports Commission seeks to improve the experiences for young athletes.  The organization reaches out to coaches, parents, administrators, athletes and fans to make youth sports more enjoyable and to reinforce the values of respect, civility, selflessness and integrity.

For more information on the Sports Commission’s Sports Foundation and its sportsmanship programs, contact Foundation Director Solomon Alexander at 314-345-5130 or salexander@stlsports.org.  Help set the tone for good sportsmanship.  Help us make St. Louis home to America’s Best Sports!


The St. Louis Sports Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate of the St. Louis Sports Commission.  The Foundation was established
as a legacy of the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994
to enrich the lives of area children.

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