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S.T.R.I.V.E. Is Alive! NCYS and Chartis Accepting Nominations For The 2012 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award! Recognizing the Best Approach to Protecting Kids and Promoting Safety
March 15, 2012

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Chartis are proud to present the 2012 STRIVE (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year Award.

This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization.

NCYS is known for its advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for children that advance stronger neighborhoods and communities. The NCYS membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving 60 million registered participants. Chartis' ahead of the Game initiative, developed by its Accident & Health Division, is designed to help coaches, parents and young athletes learn signs and symptoms of concussions, seek proper treatment, and follow appropriate return to play protocols to avoid the significant dangers of multiple concussions.

"We are seeking to find the top organization who has demonstrated a heartfelt passion, an enthusiastic commitment and a contagious spirit to help kids succeed in youth sports activities while implementing responsible and dependable safety procedures," said Sally Johnson, Executive Director of the NCYS. "Through its leaders’ actions and professionalism, this award praises organizations’ commitment to kids’ safety and health, demonstrating to young people that Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence in a safe, fun environment."

Upon receipt of the nominations, the STRIVE award selection committee will select the top five finalists from the submitted nominations and testimonials. The top "Five for STRIVE" finalists’ profiles will be placed on the STRIVE Organization of the Year webpage and promoted via social media. The general public will be able to vote for their favorite finalist via the STRIVE website ( from June 15, 2012 to August 1, 2012. All online voting will be verified and confirmed for authenticity. The organization that collects the most votes will win the award.

"This award will honor those organizations who seek to protect youth sports participants and members in their programs," said Susan Clarke, President of Chartis Accident & Health, U.S. "Safety is paramount to an organization making sports and activities a positive experience. Chartis is pleased to collaborate with the NCYS on this STRIVE Award."

Safety programs can include hydration stations, brain injury and concussion education, baseline testing, volunteers, contractors and employee background checks, maintaining proper facilities and lighting, using correct and up-to-date equipment, and much more. Consideration will also be given to organizations that are able to create community goodwill and make a positive impact on young people with a passion for service while keeping fun in the game.

Nominations may be submitted on the NCYS website, through April 30, 2012. The nomination form includes sections for testimonials and references. The award will be presented at the "SPORTS 2012 - The Relationship Conference" held September 10-13, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is well-known for advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Founded in 1979, the NCYS members comprise the who's who in the youth sports industry. Its membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving more than 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. NCYS is a united voice for amateur youth sports leading the industry in promoting and enhancing the value of participation through advocacy and education. The NCYS is the largest known organization in America reaching broad and deep into the grassroots of America's heartland with a passion to create a better, more wholesome society. To learn more about the NCYS, visit

Chartis is a world leading property-casualty and general insurance organization serving more than 70 million clients around the world. With one of the industry’s most extensive ranges of products and services, deep claims expertise and excellent financial strength, Chartis enables its commercial and personal insurance clients alike to manage virtually any risk with confidence.

Chartis is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty and general insurance operations of Chartis Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at All products are written by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of Chartis Inc. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions and is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain coverage may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

Sally S. Johnson, CSA, IOM
Executive Director
National Council of Youth Sports

Dan McGinnity
Chief Marketing Officer for Accident & Health