This award recognizes a youth sports organization that embraces a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion, commitment and contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' safety and health, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.
Triangle is one of only two organizations selected twice as a S.T.R.I.V.E. award finalist (2013 and 2018). This prestigious recognition and ultimately earning the 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. award is the result of Triangle’s continued commitment to injury prevention through investment in numerous initiatives that advance athlete safety by minimizing the injury risk potential of Triangle athletes. “We are beyond ecstatic and humbled to learn that NCYS has selected Triangle as a leader amongst all youth sport organizations in the areas of athlete health and safety,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director. Fadool added, “Back in 2009 we placed an intentional focus and dedicated significant resources towards implementing a comprehensive training program. Without question, nutrition, hydration, strength and conditioning, functional movement and mobility, and rest and recovery training are critical to athletic performance. Combined with gym improvements to reduce injury risk and by providing on-site physical therapy consultation services aimed at identifying and treating any early signs of the most common overuse-type injuries in volleyball, we can better insure that our athletes realize their potential and enjoy a lifetime of participation in sport.”
At a date this fall to be determined, Triangle will be presented with the S.T.R.I.V.E. award, a U.S. flag which will be flown over the nation’s capital in Triangle’s honor, and a $5,000 prize.