Boston (January 26, 2012)
– Over the past five years, nearly 200 youth sports organizations and schools have realized the tangible benefits of the Responsible Sports
™ program by being able to upgrade facilities, purchase much needed new uniforms or equipment, and lowering or waiving participation fees through the funds received as grant recipients. To help alleviate the financial burden for 20 more youth sports organizations and schools around the nation, Liberty Mutual Insurance
announced the fall 2011 recipients of $65,000 in Responsible Sports grants.
The grant award program is part of Responsible Sports, a community-based initiative developed by Liberty Mutual in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance and several national youth sports governing bodies. Since 2007, Responsible Sports, through these strategic partnerships and numerous outreach programs, has become a leader in providing resources, tools, tips and advice to youth sports coaches and parents.
Parents, coaches, club and school officials earned the grants through a grassroots effort to encourage community members to complete an online course about sports mentoring at www.ResponsibleSports.com
on behalf of their program. Out of hundreds of groups who participated in the program, this elite lineup of 20 youth sports organizations and schools across the country earned the most quiz credits, based on population size, to earn the grants:
Youth Sports Organizations ($2,500 Responsible Sports grants each)
· AYSO Leeward Region 269; Kapolei, Hawaii
· Champions Wrestling Club; Mapleton, Utah
· Cherokee Pride Fast Pitch Softball Association; Woodstock, Ga.
· Cherokee Reds – 10U Baseball; Canton, Ga.
· East Cobb 8-year-old Stallions; Marietta, Ga.
· EOTO; Flowery Branch, Ga.
· New Mexico Storm Hockey; Rio Rancho, N.M.
· Oyster River Youth Association; Durham, N.H.
· Sabre Hockey Association; Naperville, Ill.
· San Antonio Fire Soccer Club; San Antonio, Texas
· Silver Starlites; Pawling, N.Y.
· Town of Wilbraham Park & Recreation Department; Wilbraham, Mass.
· West Madison Polar Caps; Madison, Wis.
· Yardley-Makefield Soccer; Yardley, Pa.
Schools ($5,000 Responsible Sports grants each)
· Blackman Middle School; Murfreesboro, Tenn.
· Franklin Simpson High School; Franklin, Ky.
· Marana High School; Tucson, Ariz.
· McFadden School of Excellence; Murfreesboro, Tenn.
· Miguel Contreras High School; Los Angeles,Calif.
· Whitman-Hanson Regional High School; Whitman, Mass.
"These 20 organizations and schools have demonstrated a commitment to create an environment that fosters the highest ideals of youth sports, in the interest of establishing a positive experience for their children and student-athletes," said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual Insurance senior vice president, Consumer Marketing. "As a result of that pledge, they've been awarded funding that will help them continue their mission of providing safe, structured environments for kids to learn the valuable life lessons that sports provides."
More than $480,000 in Support for Youth Sports Organizations
Since its creation in 2007, the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Program has provided more than $480,000 in funding to nearly 200 youth sports organizations and schools across the United States. Liberty Mutual's Responsible Sports Grants
have helped pay for new equipment and uniforms, renovations to practice facilities, and scholarships that cover league costs for children in need. Liberty Mutual created the Responsible Sports program as a means to celebrate the positive impact that every day, responsible actions can have on our youth as well as support the volunteer youth sports coaches and parents who help our children succeed both on and off the field.
Another round of Responsible Sports Grants will open in the spring, and team or league administrators and school officials can register their group beginning February 1. Once again, the 15 youth sports organizations and schools who promote the highest level of participation in the Responsible Sports online quiz at www.ResponsibleSports.com
between March 1 and May 31 will be eligible to win the grants.
About the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Program:
The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program, created in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, the Amateur Softball Association, USA Hockey, US Youth Soccer, the American Youth Soccer Organization and USA Wrestling – provides resources for parents and coaches at www.responsiblesports.com
to help children reap the full benefits of playing a team sport. The online community incorporates blogs, videos, and podcasts on youth sports topics that provide practical, real-world advice. Parents and coaches also can complete coursework that offers best practices for handling challenging sports scenarios.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance:
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on A.M. Best Company's report of 2010 net written premium. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 82nd on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2010 revenue. The company has over 45,000 employees located in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
The eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual Insurance (libertymutual.com
) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of more than 13,500 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.