you eliminate negative motions from your life.
Engage in mountaintop thinking, stretch forward in deliberation,
and then act as if it were impossible to fail."
- by Sally S. Johnson
In this report, I will highlight the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) key areas and flagship programs that have gained NCYS its valued reputation as the proven leader of the youth sports industry.
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The State of the Youth Sports Industry is steadfast. We have every reason to be optimistic and know that through responsible leadership we will continue to provide a safe and enjoyable place for our children to participate in healthy, active lifestyles today and for generations to come.
The National Council of Youth Sports goal is to represent the youth sports industry by advancing the values of participation, and educating and developing leaders. Our mission is to lead the youth sports industry in promoting the value of participation through advocacy and education. High ethical standards and truthful behavior are paramount to the NCYS vision as we aspire to enhance the youth sports experience in America and we strive to be the leading voice for youth sports.
Often I begin my report with a single quote. This year I am finding two quotes so inspiring that I must share them both: "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." Steve Jobs. And the quote that inspires me is: "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter Drucker.
Each and every day the NCYS drive of perseverance, patience, optimism, pride, integrity, honesty, determination and relentless vision are paramount to its existence. Those are some of the adjectives that describe NCYS' map of success as we moved forward standing proud to be respected as the gold standard "go-to" resource for the youth sports industry!
This past year we have formed many new partnerships with the NCYS adding appropriate, useful and meaningful resources and benefits for our members in the youth sports industry. Each new program and service is exciting adding value and ease for our members. And each one is pertinent as a makes-sense initiative. A new resource must be purposeful and beneficial to the NCYS members and the youth sports industry. That is the NCYS commitment.
We are most appreciative and offer a huge thank to our corporate partners for their confidence in us as well as their generosity. Without them, we absolutely would not exist. The people who comprise the sports industry are really unique. I am forever inspired by their dedication, determination, and untiring loyalty. It is this combined commitment of unwavering support that keeps my enthusiasm and passion at its peak motivating me to drive youth sports forward in an optimistic and constructive way.
It is when we share our knowledge that we discover the most. Everyday is a learning experience. Please continue to exchange good ideas, make new contacts, meet new people, and stay connected. It's easy to get lost behind our computers, tablets, PDAs, Blackberry's and Smartphones. Don't forget to pick up the phone, attend meetings in person and reach out. It is when we come together that we are stronger in our service and the most effective in our common mission.
It is such an honor to be able to share with you a piece of the excitement and joy that I live with and cherish each and every day. One of the joys of my job it to bring people within the industry together, to share successes and help build a pipeline with a flow of relevant information from the grass tops to the grass roots and from the grass roots to the grass tops.
Thank you for all that you do each and every day to make a child's life more fun and more complete. And thank you for this extraordinary opportunity, honor, and extreme privilege to serve the National Council of Youth Sports.
Further information is always available by calling NCYS Headquarters at 772-781-1452 or by visiting our website at www.ncys.org.
Yours truly for the kids,
Sally S. Johnson, CSA, IOM
National Council of Youth Sports