Founder and president of the National and International Alliance for Youth Sports (nays.org); Author of 'Unsinkable Spirit'
Fred Engh is the founder and president of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), a nonprofit organization that has been committed to providing safe and fun sports for America’s youth since 1981. He is also the founder and president of the International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS), the international arm of NAYS that he began in 2003 that works to build the value of sports worldwide and provide children in underprivileged regions with opportunities to learn and play sports that have never been available to them before.
Mr. Engh has devoted his life to helping children develop emotionally and physically through the medium of sports. He has been involved in youth sports for more than 40 years as a coach, athletic director and sports educator, and he is one of the world’s leading experts in the youth sports field.
Mr. Engh understands that positive youth sports experiences can make a life-altering difference for a child. He has focused his life’s work on creating programs and initiatives to ensure that all children who choose to participate are able to savor fun-filled and safe experiences in whatever sport that interests them; and creating programs for children in those regions of the world where opportunities for healthy activities don’t exist.
Today, his educational programs for coaches, administrators, parents and officials involved in out-of-school organized sports, along with youth development programs that give children a healthy start in sports, are used in more than 3,000 communities, in more than a dozen countries and on several continents.
Under Mr. Engh’s leadership the IAYS has established a strong global presence and its signature program –- Game On! Youth Sports -– has had a major impact in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. Game On! Youth Sports focuses on providing youngsters with sports programs and the equipment to play them so they can experience healthier lifestyles with less chance of negative influences affecting them.
He is frequently interviewed by national and international media on all aspects of youth sports and issues pertaining to positive child development and he is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences regarding youth sports.
In 1999, he authored Why Johnny Hates Sports, (Amazon.com) a first-of-its-kind look at the serious problems plaguing organized sports and, more importantly, what needs to be done to correct them.
*Member of the Youth Sports Hall of Fame
*Named one of America’s top 100 sports educators
*Elected to The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sports Hall of Fame
*Featured in a special story on The Golf Channel
*A featured speaker at the International Forum on Sport in Doha, Qatar
*Special interview in Sports Illustrated China on the need for sports for the disadvantaged
He grew up in Ocean City, Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Maryland (ES). He is the father of seven children and resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Michaele.