By Greg Bach
When Catherine Vorrasi was named the facility director for the new Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) – a spectacular 158,000 square foot facility in Hobbs, N.M. offering year-round sports and fitness opportunities for all ages and abilities – she wanted to make sure she was fully prepared.
So she followed the lead of more than 4,300 recreational professionals worldwide in completing the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators training and earning the prestigious Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.
“I wanted to become a CYSA because I knew I needed to make sure I had the latest and most valid information as I developed a completely new sports division,” Vorrasi says. “A large focus for the community is to offer a variety of sports programs so I was looking for a credible resource and a network of professionals doing the same thing.”
And the City of Hobbs took note of her achievement in becoming a CYSA by recognizing her at a recent Commission meeting, where she received a standing ovation.
“It feels great to be recognized, but it’s a little embarrassing because that’s not why I did it,” Vorrasi says. “But it’s really great to show the community that the programs that we will be offering at the CORE will be outstanding.”
The Academy covers a multitude of topics relevant to overseeing youth sports programming, including insurance and risk management, policies and procedures, emergency preparedness, and more.
“Probably the most beneficial part of the training was being given all of the possible resources you would need to be successful in implementing sports programs,” Vorrasi says. “The National Standards for Youth Sports are No. 1 on that list. Hobbs is a very small city and we really need to make sure we are putting together the best programs possible.”
Vorrasi knows how valuable positive sports experiences are in a young life, as her youth experiences still resonate. “Sports were huge in my life,” she says. “I was involved in soccer, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, track and field, and swimming, and I still swim today.”
So she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to help children enjoy those same types of positive experiences and develop healthy lifestyles.
“I love being a part of something new and grand with this new facility,” Vorrasi says. “The Hobbs community is very similar to where I grew up, so it kind of feels like home and I really love it here. I am looking forward to opening this facility and having successful programming all throughout the day – every day. I hope to show the community that the CORE is a fun and safe place for the whole family.”CYSA Administrator Training
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