26 Excellence Award finalists announced


Each year the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) reviews hundreds of Excellence in Youth Sports Award preliminary applications submitted by youth sports programs across the country and military bases worldwide. Many items are taken into consideration when evaluating the preliminary applications, including the applicant’s involvement with programs of NAYS.
NAYS is pleased to announce the 26 youth sports programs that are invited to compete in the Excellence Award final round.
These programs will have the opportunity to demonstrate their dedication to operating diverse youth sports programs that focus on providing positive and safe experiences for all participants by submitting a detailed application addressing important topics like their youth sports program’s structure, philosophy, promotion of sportsmanship and volunteer accountability, among others.
The 2011 Excellence Award finalists are:
Travis Air Force Base Youth Sports (Calif.)
Joint Basing Elmendorf-Richardson (Ala.)
Beale AFB Youth Programs (Calif.)
Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka MWR Youth Sports (Japan)
Evendale Recreation Department (Ohio)
Fairchild AFB Youth Sports Program (Wash.)
Fort Benning CYSS Youth Sports & Fitness (Ga.)
Fort Carson Youth Sports and Fitness (Colo.)
Fort Eustis CYSS Youth Sports & Fitness Program (Va.)
Fort Hood, Child, Youth and School Services, Youth Sports and Fitness (Texas)
Glynn County Recreation & Parks Department (Ga.)
Hillsborough County Athletics (Fla.)
Hurlburt Youth Sports & Fitness (Fla.)
Kirtland Air Force Base Youth Programs (N.M.)
KMC Youth Sports (Germany)
MCCS Cherry Point Youth Sports (N.C.)
Moody AFB Youth Programs (Ga.)
Mountain Home AFB Youth Programs (Idaho)
RAF Mildenhall Youth Programs (England)
Sasebo Youth Sports (Japan)
Tinker Youth Center (Okla.)
Town of Erie (Colo.)
Tyndall Youth Programs (Fla.)
USAG Baumholder Child, Youth & School Services (Germany)
Westport Parks and Recreation (Conn.)
Yokota Youth Sports and Fitness (Japan)
Of these finalists, five will be named Excellence Award winners this fall.
Developed by NAYS and Athletic Business magazine, the Excellence in Youth Sports Award distinguishes youth sports programs that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches.
Hall of Fame basketball great and current television broadcaster Bill Walton will present the 2011 Excellence Awards at this year’s Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, Fla. during Nov. 30-Dec. 3. A comprehensive educational training event, the Congress is the preferred venue of networking and learning for all professionals involved in youth sports. 
To register for the 2011 Youth Sports Congress visit http://www.nays.org/International_Congress/.

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