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Help an Organization Win $5,000

Aug. 18, 2014, 3:14 p.m. (ET)

The National council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and AIG are presenting the 2014 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award, and are in need of organization nominations to consider. This award recognizes the organizations that put their intentions at a “kids first” approach, based on their practices and policies that are in place to help promote an individual’s health and safety.

Organizations that serve high school age youth and below are eligible to be nominated.  Local clubs, teams, leagues, recreational centers, camps, organizations, and groups eligible for the STRIVE award must meet these requirements:

•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.

Am I eligible to nominate someone? Yes you are! Anyone is eligible to nominate an organization. Parents, administrators, players, officials, community leaders, etc. They are welcoming anyone and everyone to submit a nomination.  

You can submit your nomination form at www.ncys.org/strive. The following information must be submitted by midnight eastern time on September 10, 2014:

•Three initiatives implemented by the organization that demonstrates a “kids first” approach to health, wellness and safety.

•A testimonial explaining the impact of the health, wellness and safety initiatives on the organization’s legacy.

•The number of lives the organization estimates it has touched throughout its history.

•The specific population or populations that have benefited from the organization’s services.

•Additional awards or honors received.

•References.

The top “Five for STRIVE” finalists’ profiles will be placed on the STRIVE Organization of the Year webpage and promoted via social media. The general public will be able to vote for their favorite finalist thru the STRIVE website beginning September 24, 2014. All online voting will be verified and confirmed for authenticity.  Online voting will end at midnight ET October 15, 2014. The organization that collects the most votes will win the award.

Remember to turn in the nomination form at www.ncys.org/strive by midnight ET on September 10, 2014.

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