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Participation Award Education Program

What’s your most memorable season?


Enter our Facebook contest!  

From now until October 31, athletes, parents, youth sports fans, coaches, and others can enter the Memory Making Season contest by either submitting a photo or video of the athlete, their coach, or their team describing their favorite memory from a season and how it impacted their life. Submissions must include award presentations, end of the season recognition ceremonies, or team parties with their trophy or other award. Entrants should highlight how the season impacted them, how they were recognized by the team or as an individual, and what it meant to the entrant. Submissions should include the hashtag #memorymakingseason and must be no more than 250 words or 2 minutes in length. Entries must be submitted at Entrants must be 6 years or older. Parents or guardians must submit entries for entrants 13 years or younger. Check out our contest rules.

The Participation Award Education Program is aimed at educating the public on the value of recognizing children for their participation in organized activities such as sports, academics, and the arts. This program provides information for coaches, league organizers and administrators, and parents to help them create meaningful and memorable recognition programs.

Over 30 million children are participate in organized youth sports programs nationwide and the evidence supporting involvement for young people is overwhelming. Participation in sports program is proven to reduce racism, improve low self-image, and decrease the high school dropout rate.  And involvement in sports helps builds teamwork, strong work ethic, responsibility, sportsmanship, and respect.

While it’s important to acknowledge talent and strengths, it’s also important to value other attributes such as dedication, sportsmanship, improvement, team spirit, and effort. And Americans agree with 65% stating children should be recognized for participation on sports teams



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