Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports (Hawaii) Excellence in Youth Sports Award winner for second time


Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports (Hawaii) is one of five organizations worldwide that has been selected to receive the prestigious Excellence in Youth Sports Award. Presented by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and Athletic Business magazine, the annual award recognizes special organizations that operate diverse youth sports programs that focus on providing positive and safe experiences for all participants.
A winner of the 2006 Excellence in Youth Sports Awards, Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports joins a select group of youth sports organizations to ever receive this honor twice.
Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports provides sports programming for the more than 4,300 children living on the base. They provide leagues for sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, football and softball. Instructional classes for activities such as gymnastics, martial arts and hula are also offered.
Hickam strives to offer top quality youth sports by not only working with their community’s youth, but also with its adults. Along with training all of their youth sports coaches through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA), Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports holds a parent meeting at the beginning of each season. The goal of this meeting is to enhance the participation of the parents and to inform them of the program’s philosophy and standards.
The popularity of sports on the base is fueled by their efforts to start the children out with athletic activities at a young age. The youth of Hickam Air Force Base enjoy a unique Sports & Fitness facility that is designed to house instructional programs for children ages 8 and under.
“Stepping stones are a way to ease children and adults into the fitness world. We create instructional classes which lay a foundation for sports for a smooth transition into the next skill level,” said Bonnie Bentley, sports director for Hickam Air Force Base Youth Sports. “We continue to strive to keep our youth active in all areas of our programs promoting health and fitness for life.”
This year’s other Excellence Award recipients are USAG Fort Belvoir (Va.), City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation (Fla.), City of Evans Parks & Recreation (Colo.) and Tinker Air Force Base Youth Center (Okla.).
Each winning community will receive:
  • A financial award and in-kind contributions from Award sponsors to be used for the support and enhancement of the winning entry’s youth sports program.
  • National, state and local recognition, including the publications of Athletic Business and the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS).
  • A custom award to be displayed in the home facility.
  • One complimentary registration for the International Youth Sports Congress held in conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference in San Antonio, Texas, December 3-6, 2008.
  • Recognition at the 2008 International Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Conference & Expo
The awards will be presented by Tom Farrey, veteran investigative journalist, author and ESPN reporter.

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