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2006 STRIVE Award Winners
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National Administrator of the Year
Jon Butler | POP Warner - Langhorne, PA
Butler instills sportsmanship, good citizenship, academic excellence, positive character-building, and respect for youth into his program
Jon Butler towers over his youth sports colleagues. At 6'-6", it's not just his sheer size that stands out, but his larger-than-life philosophy that young athletes can excel both on the playing field and in the classroom. As the executive director of a national youth football, cheer and dance organization - Pop Warner Little Scholars - Butler has set high standards for academic and athletic achievement.
Local Administrator of the Year
Neil Parmenter | Iowa AAU Baseball - Des Moines, IA
Iowa native dedicated to keeping kids active in supervised activities
For more than three decades, Neil Parmenter has given countless volunteer hours to youth sports. He has served as coach, board member, officer, player agent, tournament director, commissioner, volunteer, and administrator for multiple sports including the Beaverdale Little League, the Parochial Football League and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). For his efforts, Parmenter will be honored by the National Council Of Youth Sports (NCYS) as the 2006 Hershey's STRIVE Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year.
Volunteer of the Year
Barbara Tobias | West Seneca Youth Hockey Association - West Seneca, NY
Hockey mom inspires positive lifetime memories of youth sports
Barbara Tobias has boundless energy and a strong desire to do everything possible to make a youngster's time playing hockey a worthwhile, fun and positive experience for the athlete as well as for their family. This West Seneca, NY native works full time and is a dedicated wife, mother of three hockey players and the adopted mom to a whole team of boys and their siblings.
Coach of the Year
Cindi Hart | IndySpeed Sports Club - Indianapolis, IN
IndySpeed founder teaches kids the value of sport and life skills
Against all odds, and through breast cancer treatment, Cindi Hart continues to be a competitor and a role model coach to young athletes. Everyday Hart demonstrates to young speed skaters and cyclists that "all obstacles can be overcome" with a positive attitude, attainable goal setting, courage and resilience through adversity.