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Nonprofit Athletic Organization Protection Act of 2003

Location: Washington, DC

NONPROFIT ATHLETIC ORGANIZATION PROTECTION ACT OF 2003 -- (House of Representatives - September 14, 2004)

Mr. SENSENBRENNER. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3369 ) to provide immunity for nonprofit athletic organizations in lawsuits arising from claims of ordinary negligence relating to the passage or adoption of rules for athletic competitions and practices.


Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for the time.

The increased cost of insuring youth athletic leagues is of great concern to me and the constituents of the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia. Millions of youngsters around the country participate in soccer, football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and other sports. They learn discipline and teamwork, and most importantly, they have fun.

As a parent of three, I have spent countless hours on the football, soccer, lacrosse fields and other athletic facilities watching my children compete and grow from their athletic experience. It is something that I am very concerned about.

As has been said, we are now facing a very real prospect of a chilling of the desire for parents to form athletic associations to give their children an opportunity to compete on the athletic field. This bill takes on the prospects of this chilling.

It addresses the fact that there is increasing costs playing sports in a voluntary way, cost-prohibitive for American families. That is why I am here.

I thank the gentleman from Indiana for his sponsorship of this important legislation. I urge its passage and return to common sense so that we can see our children continue to play on the fields.

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