NCYS STRIVE Award Program

NCYS and AIG Present the STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year

S.T.R.I.V.E. Sports Teach Respect Initiative Values and Excellence

Overview and Criteria

The National Council of Youth Sports ("NCYS") and AIG are proud to present the 2014 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 and promote 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. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' safety and health, 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 beginning in the summer of 2014. 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 health and safety initiatives implemented by the organization that demonstrates a "kids first" approach to health and safety.
  • A testimonial explaining the impact of the 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.

For More Information
For additional information, contact Sally S. Johnson, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports,
at 772-781-1452 or