Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. The NSCA Foundation has awarded 174 grants and 499 scholarships, totaling over $2.7 to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community.
The NSCA Foundation supports the NSCA’s statement on unity, social justice, and equality of antiracism. We condemn the systemic inequality that disproportionately impacts Black Americans in the United States. There is no place for it. Recent tragedies compel us to want to do more by using our voice, platform, and actions to help create that kind of society that reflects our values. We are committed to ensuring the Foundation leadership is represented by a diverse group of individuals and encourage those from minorities, especially those from the black community, to run for board and committee leadership positions. We are committed to ensuring quality opportunities for NSCA members. We stand with our African American community and all of the diverse members of the NSCA.
NSCA Statement on the Current Social Environment:
“The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning (S&C) profession around the world. With over 60,000 members and certified professionals, including the NSCA Global program with affiliates in Japan, Italy, Korea, Shanghai, and Spain, we are a growing and multicultural organization. The NSCA also maintains a Professional Code of Ethics that includes, but is not limited to, the principle that Professionals shall “not discriminate, intimidate, or persecute on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or financial status, or citizenship.”
We have recently witnessed several horrific acts of racial injustice and violence that resulted in the deaths of Black Americans including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Although we know of these events because of their visibility, these are only a handful of many cases across the US that continue to devalue individuals based on the color of their skin. We unequivocally denounce all forms of racialized violence, fear, and interpersonal and systemic racism. We are united in our position of antiracism.
Subtle or explicit forms of racialized discrimination or insults occur throughout society, including where many of our members work—professional or national sports, schools and universities, private training facilities, and tactical settings. It is well supported by the scientific literature that racism, and associated poverty and injustice, result in numerous negative health, psychological, and social outcomes particularly for people of color, but also extending to all people. Any discrimination based on race is incongruent with the fairness we expect from our youth athletes to our emergency response teams.
In the days that lie ahead, let us be steadfast to do more. As individuals, we can engage in the discomfort of intrapersonal reflection to probe our own prejudices. NSCA will be revisiting its strategic plan in order to identify further offerings for professional development, community, and advocacy with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. We can ask culturally relevant questions, listen to Black voices, and provide support to expressed needs. We should not be limited by time or scope in our pursuit of doing better. It is always the right time to address injustices and it is something that warrants our ongoing attention. At our core, what we do through the good work of our members, is to make all people stronger. In this context, strength should be seen as more than the ability to produce individual force.
We will be stronger together when we can come together to embrace the challenges of social and racial justice.”
Maddie (Madeline) Armstrong received an NSCA Foundation High School scholarship. Today, she is finishing her freshman year at East Stroudsburg University, an NSCA Education Recognition Program school. As an Exercise Science major, Maddie has maintained a 3.846 GPA and is the only freshman to participate in observing the school's Sports Science Institute. She writes:
The NSCA Foundation would not exist if not for the generous contributions of the NSCA community. While the Foundation is determined to assist as many applicants as possible, every year the list of exceptional applicants grows longer and we can not fund everyone.
We hope that today, driven by your passion, you will partner with us and consider shaping the future of strength and conditioning through a financial gift of support. Every gift, regardless the size goes directly to supporting the Foundation programs, not overhead costs.
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