NCYS STRIVE Award Program News
2008 STRIVE Award Winners
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National Administrator of the Year
Ann Cody | BlazeSports America - Washington, D.C.
Young people with disabilities benefit by role model's extraordinary leadership.
Ann Cody has dedicated her career to ensuring that young people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from sports. Acquiring a disability at 16 years of age, Cody understands the extraordinary benefits sports has on a young life and the many barriers young people with disabilities face in their participation. Cody is a Paralympic Gold Medalist in athletics and competed on three U.S. Paralympic teams.
Local Administrator of the Year
Frank Wilkinson | Staten Island USBC Association - Staten Island, NY
Iowa native dedicated to keeping kids active in supervised activities
Passion and commitment teamed up with extraordinary leadership, "pay it forward"
Volunteer of the Year
Dan Dionisio | Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association - Olney, Maryland
Exceptional volunteer leadership builds athletic fields, facilities, and superior youth sports programs.
For nearly 20 years, Dionisio has been a coach or on the board of directors of the Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association. His leadership is responsible for transforming a small disorganized organization serving 1,800 children, into a highly recognized organization serving 7,000 children on a 118-acre nationally acclaimed facility.
Coach of the Year
Steve Kelley | Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence - Lawrence, MA
Coach keeps kids off the streets and out of trouble in positive activities
Steve Kelley has been selected by the National Council of Youth Sports as the recipient of the NCYS 2008 Hershey's STRIVE Award for Coach of the Year. Kelley is recognized for the indelible imprint he has left on the lives of hundreds of highly disadvantaged youth in the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts.