Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

OSU LiFEsports

Since 2009, LiFEsports has grown to address the ever-changing needs of our community’s youth and the field of sport-based positive youth development (PYD).

Today, LiFEsports is nationally recognized as a premier model for sport-based PYD. Most of our work involves impacting the lives of those who need it most. We strive to address the broader social conditions young people face, especially those exposed to various social vulnerabilities. Our Initiative’s continued focus on teaching has continued to impact the sport-based PYD field by developing tomorrow’s workforce, and our research demonstrates how sport can make difference in the lives of vulnerable youth.

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To prepare youth for life and leadership through sport.

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To be the national exemplar in sport-based positive youth development programming.


Provide quality sport-based Positive Youth Development (PYD) programming.

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Prepare and train tomorrow's sport-based Positive Youth Development workforce.


Research, discover and share best practices in sport-based Positive Youth Development.

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2400 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43210