July 18, 2018 -

Triangle Volleyball Club Named 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year


The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced that the Triangle Volleyball Club in North Carolina has been named the 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year for its “kids first” approach to safety.

Triangle Volleyball Club serves the triangle area of North Carolina: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. They are being honored for their dedication to shape and develop the character of young people through sports.

Presented by NCYS and sponsored by AIG, the STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year honors youth and amateur sports organizations that demonstrate a passion, commitment, and spirit to help kids succeed in amateur youth sports activities while keeping young athletes safe. The NCYS sponsored AIG STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year is in its seventh year.

Triangle Volleyball Club’s comprehensive injury prevention program priorities are to invest in gym space to provide a safer training environment; identify areas of fundamental weaknesses for injury for athletes and educate athletes on improving basic movement and mobility; educate athletes on caring for their bodies through nutrition, hydration, age-appropriate strength and conditioning, and active rest and recovery methods; and provide services to identify and prevent overuse injuries.

The club is also being recognized for its emphasis on the health and safety of athletes, while also competing at the highest level of girls’ junior club volleyball.

NCYS’s statement said: “We appreciate Triangle’s commitment to educate the whole person through excellence in the sport of volleyball. Furthermore, we respect your inclusion of service projects working with disable (veterans and young people through sitting volleyball. And we find meaningful value that Triangle is considered a leader in the U.S. for adaptive sitting volleyball development and outreach.”

The 2018 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award nomination period began in March 2018 with 22 days of online voting during June to determine the favorite organization of the year along with the top five finalists. Finalists are: Baltimore SquashWise – Baltimore, Md., O’Fallon Little Panthers – O’Fallen, Ill., Police Athletic League of Buffalo – Buffalo, N.Y., and Ed Snider Youth Hockey – Philadelphia, Pa.

“With special thanks to the NCYS sponsor AIG, this award recognizes an organizations’ commitment to kids’ health, wellness and safety, demonstrating to young people that Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence (S.T.R.I.V.E.) in a safe, fun, positive environment,” said Wayne Moss, executive director of NCYS. “Triangle Volleyball Club offers up the whole star-studded package with an impressive program of good character development and an extraordinary variety of essential safety procedures. They are clearly building the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow. They have a model program that balances the importance of life skills and sports skills. We are certain they will continue to advance the vital role these inspiring qualities play for a positive youth sports experience in a safer, more wholesome society.”

For more information, visit www.ncys.org/strive.