During these unprecedented times, where conducting youth sports programming has been as difficult as ever, the City of Phoenix (Ariz.) Parks and Recreation Department’s focus on children and teens in its community never wavered.
Twenty-two recreation professionals from the department recently participated in the first-ever Virtual Youth Sports Congress conducted by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). The signature event of NAYS, the Congress has been held for the past 18 years at a variety of venues around the country. This year’s event, scheduled for Baltimore in conjunction with the Athletic Business Show and Expo, was canceled due to the pandemic and a three-day virtual event was held in its place.
The Virtual Congress format enabled attendees to still take part in sessions and learn all-important information, communicate with the speakers, and engage with their peers.
“I am so proud of our department and the incredible dedication and love our staff has for the youth of our community,” said Georgeanne Soberay, Recreation Coordinator III at the City of Phoenix and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator. “It is an honor to be associated with an amazing group of people who are committed to impacting young lives through the power of sports and who relish the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight on important youth sports issues to further enhance our programs.”
Four individuals from the City of Phoenix – Karina Rodriguez, Jason Capriolo, Robert Estfan and Scott Williams – earned their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential, joining more than 5,500 worldwide who have that designation; while 18 others in the department maintained their CYSA designation.
The following individuals from the City of Phoenix maintained their CYSA designation:
“The Virtual Youth Sports Congress provided a great opportunity to continue the department’s goal of working as one team, with one goal and one voice, to provide the best recreational opportunities to our youth athletes,” said Dave Adams, Recreation Coordinator III at the City of Phoenix, and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator. “The virtual format not only allowed some who are normally unable to attend a conference the chance to learn and participate, but surprisingly, was able to nearly deliver the same level of content and interaction as an in-person event. Kudos to the NAYS staff for their hard work and dedication in making this a success.”
The three-day Congress line-up was packed with informative sessions on important youth sports issues that addressed gender equity, inclusion, bullying, physical literacy, facility allocation, recognizing staff and volunteers and specialization and injuries.
While all the sessions were pre-recorded, the speakers were live on Zoom at the conclusion of their sessions to respond to questions from the attendees. A live chat box also ran alongside the presentations, enabling attendees to post comments and share insights with each other as subject matter was presented.
The 2021 Youth Sports Congress is tentatively scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 27-30, if federal health regulations deem it safe to host an in-person event.
More information email firstname.lastname@example.orgCity of Phoenix CYSA Congress Recreation Administration
National Alliance for Youth Sports, Inc
5670 Corporate Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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