Earlier this year, the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) issued a call for nominations for its  2nd Annual STRIVE Organization of the Year Award, sponsored exclusively by AIG.  The STRIVE Award recognizes youth organizations that have distinguished themselves by implementing outstanding and valuable health and safety initiatives.

Through its aHead of the Game® (AOTG) advocacy campaign, AIG is focused on helping reduce the risks of concussions and other head injuries in youth sports.  Through its relationship with the NCYS, AIG has supported initiatives to help keep kids safe and promote safe and healthy participation in youth athletics.  The STRIVE Organization of the Year Award is aligned with these objectives, and AIG is proud to be its exclusive sponsor.

From May 15 to July 28, the NCYS collected more than 50 nominations from youth organizations across the United States.  The STRIVE judging committee, comprised of youth sport industry influencers and safety experts, narrowed the field of dedicated, deserving nominees to the 2103 ‘5 for STRIVE’ finalists.  You can help select the winning organization by casting a vote on the STRIVE Organization of the Year award website. Voting has begun and will run until midnight on September 30th.

Learn more about the five finalist organizations!

(Finalists listed in alphabetical order)

SquashSmarts - Philadelphia, PA

Crowd sits behind SquashSmarts banner
SquashSmarts is a free intensive after-school program changing the lives of Philadelphia’s public school students. SquashSmarts is a non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape, and on track for graduation.

Superior Track & Field - Superior, CO

Children compete in track and field program
Superior Track & Field is a full track & field program. During each session, kids are rotated through a run, a jump, a throw and an agility station. Kids finish the program with a well-rounded understanding of all track & field events.

Triangle Volleyball Club - Morrisville, NC

The Triangle Volleyball Club of Morrisvill, NC, competes
Triangle Volleyball Club focuses on the personal and athletic development of its student-athletes and helps create a safe, positive, and effective learning environment in which student athletes can strive to achieve individual excellence within a team dynamic.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation -  Washington, D.C.

Children participate in US Soccer Foundation program
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a leader in sports-based youth development and is using soccer as a vehicle for social change among youth in underserved communities. They provide nationally recognized programs that are proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes. Their innovative, accessible and affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls can thrive.

Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA -  Gilbert, AZ/Kendall Park, NJ

A disabled athlete participates in the long jump
Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA provides an opportunity for disabled youth to participate on a team, individually set goals, and experience success. They service over 300 disabled youth across the country by providing instruction on handling safety equipment as well ensuring understanding of the rules for each sport.

The STRIVE Organization of the Year Award winner will receive a $5,000 donation.  Help AIG honor your favorite finalist organization with this award by casting your vote early and often!

You can learn more about the award program and NCYS at www.ncys.org/strive. Learn more about AIG’s youth safety campaign aHead of the Game® at www.aig.com/aheadofthegame and don’t forget to follow AIG on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+ today!

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