The deadline for nominating youth sports organizations for the National Council of Youth Sports’ 2015 STRIVE Organization of the Year is April 20.

The annual award, sponsored by AIG, 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. Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion, commitment, and contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures.

The 2015 award will be presented July 15 during National Youth Sports Week in Washington, DC. The winning organization will receive a check for $5,000. The 2014 STRIVE Award winner was the Stamford Jewish Community Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

The NCYS was founded in 1979, and its membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations that serve 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs. The organization and its members are dedicated to promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities.

For more information about nominating a team, visit the NCYS STRIVE page at