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STRIVE Organization of the Year

Welcome to the STRIVE Organization of the Year Award

The National Council of Youth Sports ("NCYS") and AIG are proud to present the STRIVE Organization of the Year Award. 

This award recognizes 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. 

Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion and a commitment and a contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This 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. 

The STRIVE Award Selection Committee (NCYS judging panel) will be comprised of youth sports industry leaders who will choose the top five finalists from the submitted nominations and testimonials. All finalists must pass the NCYS criminal background screening process. All finalists' credentials will be verified and confirmed for authenticity. 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 via the STRIVE website. All online voting will be verified and confirmed for authenticity. The organization that collects the most votes will win the award. 

For consideration, the following information must be submitted:

  • 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.

Visit the award website to see more information on the nomination process and judging criteria.

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