Congressman Mike McIntyre Selected for Induction into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame

                Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre has been selected for induction into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame.  McIntyre, who has had a long and distinguished involvement with youth sports, joins several noted Robeson County citizens in receiving this high honor for the 2012 class.

                Congressman McIntyre stated, “Youth sports have and continue to present a tremendous opportunity to teach kids values such as teamwork, discipline, respect, loyalty, and commitment, as well as promote fitness and healthier lifestyles.  Coaching kids by encouraging them to play the game the right way, stay active, and have fun are the things that I have stressed in my youth sports involvement. Life lessons and life skills are taught and refined on the fields and courts all across our state and nation, and I am honored to join this distinguished class.  I have always wanted to encourage young folks and help them be successful in all that they do!”

                McIntyre coached youth sports in Robeson County for several years in T-ball, baseball, football, and basketball, including three All-American Drug-Free teams.  He was the first volunteer coach in the county to be certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and the first to qualify his teams for the All-American Drug-Free Team based on character development and drug education and awareness.  He was a charter member of and helped to incorporate the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association, which has subsequently spawned several championship teams on the regional, state, and even national levels.

                Congressman McIntyre is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports.  Through cooperative efforts with the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, Congressman McIntyre and former NBA and college basketball star Clark Kellogg, now a CBS Sports analyst and commentator, presented a National Report Card on the State of Youth Sports in 2005 at the National Press Club in Washington, drawing attention to the need for greater respect, cooperation, discipline, and commitment to youth sports.

                Congressman McIntyre was honored by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2006 with the National Congressional Award for his leadership in promoting youth sports and recreational programs across America.  He has been recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance for his promotion of teamwork, commitment, persistence, empathy, and leadership among young athletes. 

                In 2008, he was named an International Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institution for International Sport in recognition of his leadership and positive example in the sports arena.  His selection placed him among a unique group of sports celebrities, such as Grant Hill, David Robinson, Mia Hamm, and Jeff Gordon.

                Having introduced a Youth Sports Legislative Agenda, Rep. McIntyre also has hosted three regional youth sports conferences and has worked with the NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA, NCAA, U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Olympic Committee in promoting youth sports, fitness, and recreation nationally.

                Congressman McIntyre played second base on the Congressional Baseball Team for 10 years, and recently participated in the last two Congressional Basketball Games, as well as the Congressional Football Game, all of which are charitable events benefitting organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Literary Council, and efforts to fight breast cancer, prostate cancer, and homelessness. 

                Congressman McIntyre continues to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  He recently earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, who also instructed boxing great Muhammad Ali and martial arts star Bruce Lee.  He is currently participating in the President’s Challenge sponsored by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  The Challenge seeks to promote healthier lifestyles by making physical activity part of our everyday lives.