By Lane Errington | @lane_errington
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and AIG are proud to present the 2014 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award. This award recognizes youth sports organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health and safety within their organization.
The NCYS STRIVE Award praises organizations' commitment to kids' health, wellness and safety, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.
Organizations that serve high school age youth and below are eligible to be nominated. Anyone is eligible to nominate an organization. To be considered, your organization should:
- Make sports and activities a positive experience. Beyond athletics, sports should teach children life skills such as responsibility, character, trustworthiness, discipline, fairness, perseverance, self-esteem, teamwork, respect for others and citizenship.
- Initiate responsible programs to protect their participants and members. Health wellness and safety programs can include hydration stations; brain injury and concussion education, baseline testing; mandatory background checks for volunteers, contactors and employees; proper nutrition on and off the playing field; maintenance of proper facilities and lighting; use correct and up-to-date equipment, anti-bullying policies, providing appropriate medical prevention and response to injuries, etc.
- Winners will be selected based on their exemplary ability to demonstrate a commitment to health, wellness and safety.
- Consideration will also be given to organizations that are able to create community goodwill and make a positive impact on young people with a passion for service while keeping fun in the game.
One national winner of the STRIVE award will receive a $5,000 donation, to be presented in November. Nominations are due by Sept. 10, 2014, at midnight ET. Submit a nomination for a youth lacrosse program in your area at NCYS.org/strive.
Read more about the US Lacrosse “Compete with Class, Honor the Game” sportsmanship initiative, including ways you can help. You can also share examples of good sportsmanship on Twitter using hashtag #CompeteWithClass.
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