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NCYS STRIVE Organization of the Year Award Nominations

Award recognizes organizations that protect kids and promote safety

2013 Strive AwardsStuart, Florida. – The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced the kickoff of the second annual STRIVE Organization of the Year Award.

The award recognizes youth organizations that embrace a “kids first” approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. The award is sponsored exclusively by AIG.

Nominations may be submitted on the NCYS website at www.ncys.org/strive before the July 15, 2013 deadline. The winning organization will be announced late fall 2013.

Last year, more than 10,000 online voters determined the first ever STRIVE Organization of the Year: the Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse team from Attleboro, MA. The team received a $5,000 donation.

NCYS is the largest known organization in America representing the youth sports industry. The NCYS membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving 60 million registered participants.

“We are once again seeking to find the top youth sports organization that has demonstrated a heartfelt passion, an enthusiastic commitment and a contagious spirit to help kids succeed in youth sports activities while implementing responsible and dependable safety procedures,” said Sally Johnson, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “Through its leaders’ actions and professionalism, this award recognizes organizations’ commitment to kids’ safety and health, demonstrating to young people that Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Valuesand Excellence (STRIVE) in a safe, fun environment.”

An award selection committee will choose the top five finalists from the submitted nominations and testimonials. The top “Five for STRIVE” finalists’ profiles will be placed on the NCYS STRIVE Organization of the Year award webpage, and the general public will be able to vote for their favorite finalist. All online voting will be verified and confirmed for authenticity. The organization that collects the most votes will win the award.

Safety programs can include hydration stations, brain injury and concussion education, baseline concussion testing, volunteers, contractor and employee background checks, and maintenance of proper facilities and lighting that use correct and up-to-date equipment.

Consideration will also be given to organizations that are creating community goodwill and making a positive impact on young people with a passion for service while keeping fun in the game.

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