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Congratulations to NCYS Member Don Ruedlinger on Receiving the 2009 Naismith Sportsmanship Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Sally S. Johnson, CSA
Executive Director
National Council of Youth Sports
772-781-1452
youthsports@ncys.org

STUART, Florida. (June 19, 2009) Don Ruedlinger will accept the award on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 during the Polk County All Sports Award Dinner at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) is proud to announce Don Ruedlinger, President and Founder of YBOA has received the 2009 Naismith Sportsmanship Award. The announcement was made by Ian Naismith, grandson of the inventor of the game of basketball James A. Naismith and the founder and director of the Naismith International Basketball Foundation (NIBF), which sponsors the award.

This prestigious award honors individuals and institutions involved in basketball for their displays of sportsmanship on and off the court as well as their positive contributions to the game. Past recipients include Michael Jordan, John Wooden, Jerry West, Pat Summitt, YMCA of USA, Oscar Robertson, Lynette Woodard, C.M. Newton, Roy Williams and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The NIBF was founded in 1996 by three of James Naismith's grandchildren to promote sportsmanship, respect, dignity and teamwork at all levels for the game of basketball. The award itself consists of a 70-pound sculpture by world-renowned sculptor Michael Roche depicting James A. Naismith in the original gym.

Don Ruedlinger will accept the award on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 during the Polk County All Sports Award Dinner at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Ruedlinger says, "On behalf of my entire organization, I am truly honored to receive such a prestigious and esteemed award. YBOA is the leading basketball organization in the United States and abroad. YBOA is the only youth basketball organization with programs around the world including Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Philippines, Africa, and even Afghanistan. I thank the NIBF for this honor as we continue to share common mission and goals as well as truly dedicated commitment to youth.”

If you would like to offer your congratulations to Don, here is his contact info:
Donald A. Ruedlinger, President
Youth Basketball of America
10325 Orangewood Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32821
407.363.9262
DRuedlinger@yboa.org

About National Council of Youth Sports:
Headquartered in Stuart, Florida, the NCYS represents the youth sports industry by advancing the values of participation while educating and developing leaders. The NCYS members are the who’s who in youth sports and proudly serve over 60-million registered participants. NCYS enhances the youth sports experience in America by promoting universal recognition that organized youth sports can develop positive attributes including healthier lifestyles, self-esteem, fair play & good citizenship. For more information about the NCYS, please visit www.ncys.org.