About Us

Why We Do What We Do

Whether you’re a professional Bingo player or don’t even know the rules SYSA Bingo is the place to play.  And the best part about playing at SYSA Bingo… every dime we earn goes back into the community as a donation to the Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA).

SYSA gave out $57,000 in sports scholarships to low income families so that kids all over Spokane could participate in sports programs.  Many players walk out of the SYSA Bingo hall a winner, but even those that don’t are not giving their money to a big corporate casino, they are helping kids play sports in Spokane.

SYSA Bingo has moved to its new location at N. 1221 Howard St. in February. Our main goal is to provide financial assistance for the ever growing youth sports programs in the Spokane area. Funding provides money for equipment, fields, uniforms, and subsidizing enrollment fees for low income families. SYSA’s goal is to provide all children an opportunity to play.  We believe that our programs develop the important life skills such as loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and all while keeping Spokane’s kids healthy. We want every kid to be a star!

SYSA Bingo is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) organization. Thank you for supporting SYSA!


SYSA Mission Statement

The mission of Spokane Youth Sports Association is to provide sports activities for all youth where everyone plays, develops skills, is taught good sportsmanship, and learns the value of being a team player.


SYSA Commitment

SYSA is committed to quality youth sports experiences for players and parents. We strive to keep things fun, healthy, and positive in a safe, organized, and professional setting. When your child takes the field you know their coach passed a background check, appropriate insurance coverage is in place, and our non-profit status and organizational structure are sound.

Most families in the Spokane area have been involved with SYSA as players, coaches, or spectators.

Thank you Spokane for sharing in the SYSA Mission.


SYSA History

SYSA is a sports organization unlike any other in its contribution to the youth and families of our community.

In 1965 Dwight Merkel and a group of Spokane men organized Spokane Junior Football that began to play in 1966 with 284 boys.

In 1976 Soccer was added and soon the organization changed its name to Spokane Youth Sports Association.

In 2001 SYSA, in collaboration with the Spokane community, purchased the land and developed the northeast sports complex known as Andrew Rypien Field.

Historically, SYSA sports have included Tackle and Flag Football; Recreational, Competitive, and Indoor Soccer; Softball; Baseball; Track & Field; Cross Country; Golf; the Ski Bus; Speed & Agility and Sport Camps; Lacrosse; Basketball; and Volleyball.

SYSA now has over 8,000 boys and girls and 800 volunteer coaches participating in various SYSA sport activities.


Andrew Rypien Field

Andrew Rypien, son of NFL Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, died from cancer at 3-yrs old. Mark’s illustrious football career began playing SYSA Junior Tackle Football. Mark went on to play at Shadle Park High School, Washington State University and in the NFL. The field which used to be known as the “Spokane Junkyard” was transformed after SYSA purchased the site and turned it into Andrew Rypien Field. The transformation was made possible by donations from local businesses and from a community of devoted volunteers who spent years turning the field from an eyesore into the sports field which is enjoyed by thousand of kids and families every day.

Andrew Rypien field located at 3501 N. Regal St. in Spokane.