Sports Illustrated Seeks 2009 SportsKid of the Year Nominations

Aug. 07, 2009, 4:05 p.m. (ET)

United Way has established a new partnership with Sports Illustrated Kids to help recognize and celebrate young people who exemplify superior sportsmanship, academic excellence and civic engagement.

United Way recognizes the importance of sports in a child’s development — on and off the field of play—and is conducting a nationwide search with SI for the 2009 SI KIDS SportsKid of the Year.  The goal of the campaign is to generate 10,000 nominations.

Starting August 1, kids (ages 8-15) can be nominated for the SKOTY Award based on their athletic performance, academic records and community involvement. The nomination period runs for approximately six weeks after which time the top ten candidates will be revealed. The nationwide voting process begins September 26 and runs through October 14. The winner will be notified by November 3 and featured on the cover of the December 2009 issue of SI KIDS.

The 2009 SI KIDS SportsKid of the Year will appear on the cover of SI KIDS, participate with the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year VIP events, activities and appearances and receive a customized varsity jacket.

To make a nomination, click here.