National Council of Youth Sports - Events, STRIVE Award, Nominations, Official Rules, Eligibility, S.T.R.I.V.E.--Sports, Teach, Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence

NCYS STRIVE Organization of the Year Award Program

NCYS and AIG Are Proud to Present the
2014 STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year

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

Congratulations to Stamford Jewish Community Center!

Dear Stamford JCC:

CONGRATULATIONS! We are most pleased to inform you that Stamford Jewish Community Center is the winner of the S.T.R.I.V.E. 2014 Organization of the Year!

The NCYS and our sponsor AIG are inspired by the extraordinary quality of the finalists programs. Each organization is a hero in its own right as they genuinely live up to the program name of STRIVE and all that it represents: Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence. The STRIVE Award recognizes 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.

We applaud Stamford Jewish Community Center dedication to deliver a meaningful safe, supportive, and inclusive health and fitness program for child and youth of all abilities, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Your CATCH program to prevent childhood obesity by promoting lifelong health and fitness habits is impressive. The JCC Kids Triathlon shows commitment to inspire physically active youth. And the JCC Maccabi Games reaches teenagers globally fostering respect, effective teamwork, community involvement and good sportsmanship. We praise the Stamford JCC's leaders, the athletes, the coaches, the volunteers, and the parents for their commitment to exemplify to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.

You have demonstrated a heartfelt passion and a contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a focused commitment to establish an impressive variety of safety procedures.

We are certain you will continue to advance the vital role integrity, sportsmanship, safety, life skills as well as sport skills play for a positive youth sports experience in a more wholesome society.

NCYS and AIG will be sending a nationwide press release out with the STRIVE Award announcement. Please feel free to make an announcement on your website and through your own media outlets, social media networks too. Let us know if you receive media coverage/publicity through electronic or paper print (TV, radio, local newspapers, magazines, trade publications, newsletters, chamber of commerce, etc.).

A check made payable to Stamford Jewish Community Center for $5,000 along with an official congratulatory letter will be forthcoming. I will be in touch with you regarding the details on the event presentation.

On behalf of more than 60-million boys and girls the NCYS membership represents, thank you for your amazing work, for your untiring dedication, your safety messages, and for the meaningful opportunities you have given to the youth sports industry. Congratulations to the entire Stamford JCC team!

Yours truly for the kids,

Sally S. Johnson, CSA, IOM
Executive Director

Congratulations to the Five-For-STRIVE Finalists:

Baton Rouge
Soccer Assocation

Baton Rouge, LA
[more info]

Boys & Girls
Club of Cypress

Cypress, CA
[more info]

Dixie Softball
Birmingham, AL
[more info]

Inter Tribal Sports
Temecula, CA
[more info]

2014 WINNER:
Stamford Jewish Community Center
Stamford, CT
[more info]

Thank you for participating in the 2014 NCYS STRIVE Organization of the Year Award!