LoudounPrepSports.com Staff Starts New Youth Sports Website: LoudounYouthSports.com

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Website to cover all youth sports in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

The LoudounPrepSports.com staff has launched a new youth sports website: http://www.LoudounYouthSports.com. The new site will cover youth sports in Loudoun, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

Loudoun's population doubled from 86,129 in 1990 to 169,599 in 2000 and then rose over 50 percent to 257,240 by 2005. Officials estimate that Loudoun's population will hit 300,000 by 2010. More than 30 percent of Loudoun's population is age 15 or younger. In census data released in 2006, Loudoun had a median household income of nearly $100,000, highest for any county in the country with 2500,000 or more people.

LoudounYouthSports will help new residents to the county find youth leagues for their children and it will highlight how Loudoun-based all-star and travel teams are doing in various sports. LoudounYouthSports will not only cover sports such as football, baseball and basketball, but the site will highlight the accomplishments of those in gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, competitive cheer, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, wrestling, volleyball, track, tennis and other sports that typically don't get a lot of media coverage.

"There really isn't a single site in Loudoun that specifically covers youth sports. We think the parents, coaches and players will really enjoy this new site," said editor Dan Sousa.

Two long-time Loudoun-based companies, Cheer Sports and Diamond Sports Training, have already signed on to be the initial advertisers on the new site.

"I am extremly pleased to have both Cheers Sports and Diamond Sports Training on the new site as they are two family-owned establishments that really care about the youth of Loudoun," said Sousa. "I also think that regional and nationwide advertisers will also benefit from reaching the target audience of this new site."

Sousa started LoudounPrepSports.com in Oct. 2005 and the site's coverage of high school sports in Loudoun has quickly gained a faithful following with more than 100,000 page views in May 2007.

LoudounYouthSports will also feature columnists covering the various aspects of the youth sports scene from coaching to officiating to parents to players. Dan Shain, a long-time youth league coach and parent in Ashburn, has signed on to be the first featured columnists for the website with his "Voices from the Sidelines" column.

Alysia Deem will be the managing editor of the site and Michele Weatherly is the site's ad manager.

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