BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From new uniforms and tournament fees to soccer nets and other equipment, more than 100 youth sports teams and schools have successfully rallied their communities to earn more than $300,000 in desperately needed youth sports grants through Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Responsible Sports program to combat cutbacks seen by many cities and towns. In fact, more than half of school administrators (52 percent) report they plan to cut extracurricular activities this school year, according to a 2010 American Association of School Administrators survey.
Through its Responsible Sports community grant program, Liberty Mutual is helping leagues and teams alleviate budget concerns so they can continue to provide an invaluable educational and competitive environment for kids through team sports. Since 2007, Liberty Mutual has provided more than $300,000 in Responsible Sports grants, and this fall will provide more than $60,000 in additional funding to another 20 youth sports organizations and schools.
Responsible Sports grants will be awarded to youth sports organizations in large and small divisions ($2,500) and schools ($5,000) that have the most individuals in their communities complete the online Responsible Sports curriculum on their behalf now through November 30 at www.ResponsibleSports.com.
“The Responsible Sports community grants not only enable youth sports teams and school programs to continue to teach our children important life lessons through sport, but also celebrate the responsible actions demonstrated by coaches and parents on the playing fields and sidelines,” said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president, Consumer Marketing. “Across the country, in communities where our own employees live and work, the Responsible Sports program has allowed more than 100 youth sports organizations to provide an improved experience to countless young athletes.”
“Running an organized team is no easy task for a coach or parent-coach, even when sports fundraising is not a concern,” added Jim Thompson, executive director and founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, Liberty Mutual’s lead partner in the Responsible Sports program. “These grants have already helped coaches and league administrators around the country improve their local youth sports experience by covering the costs of uniforms, equipment, coach training, field maintenance, scholarships and financial assistance for families in need.”
About Responsible Sports
Liberty Mutual founded the Responsible Sports program in 2007 as a means to celebrate the positive impact that everyday, responsible actions can have on our youth. As a responsible insurance company, Liberty Mutual believes that youth sport coaching and youth sport parenting are clear examples of how people can unite to promote the fundamental ideals of community.
Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports is a community-based program providing resources, tools, tips and advice for volunteer youth sport coaches and sport parents. The Responsible Sports program offers parents and coaches constructive tips, expert advice and practical examples to help create a positive sports environment for children. To access the Responsible Sports resources, see previous Responsible Sports grant winners, and register your league or school for the Responsible Sports grant program, visit www.ResponsibleSports.com.
The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program also is presented in partnership with the American Softball Association, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Wrestling and the American Youth Soccer Organization. Teams or organizations representing any youth sport are eligible for a Responsible Sports grant.
About Liberty Mutual Group
“Helping people live safer, more secure lives” since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group (Libertymutualgroup.com) is a diversified global insurer and fifth-largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2009 direct written premium. Liberty Mutual Group ranks 71st on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2009 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 (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 13,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Since its founding within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, PCA has conducted roughly 9,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 475,000 youth sports leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. PCA trains workshop attendees to create a positive, character-building environment for youth athletes, replacing the prevalent win-at-all-cost mentality.
PCA has affected more than 3 million youth athletes through partnerships with 1,700-plus youth sports organizations, cities and schools that host workshops across the U.S., primarily near PCA’s hub markets of the San Francisco Bay Area (National Headquarters), Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. Thousands of other coaches and parents learn PCA methods via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About US Youth Soccer
US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About USA Hockey
USA Hockey Inc., founded in 1936 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit www.USAHockey.com.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the national governing body for amateur wrestling in the United States, and is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and to the International Wrestling Federation (FILA). USA Wrestling coordinates grassroots and elite wrestling programs around the nation. USA Wrestling’s 170,000 membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans striving together to strengthen the sport. USA Wrestling is responsible for the selection and training of teams to represent the U.S. in international competition, including the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and World Championships. For more information, visit www.themat.com.
About American Youth Soccer Organization
The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is the largest centrally administered youth soccer association in the U.S. with nearly 600,000 players and 220,000 volunteer coaches, referees and administrators. AYSO develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs in a fun, safe environment based on the Six Philosophies of Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. AYSO has long been a thought-leader in youth sports, most notably with its Everyone Plays® philosophy. Every player in AYSO is guaranteed to play at least half of every game and the only requirement to play is interest and enthusiasm. AYSO was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who wanted AYSO to be the right place for American kids to learn soccer. Today, AYSO is a national non-profit organization with more than 50,000 teams for players ages 4 to 19. It has a national staff of 50 people at the AYSO National Support and Training Center in Hawthorne, Calif. For more information, visit www.ayso.org