Thursday, March 29, 2012

Calling All Volunteers - The Sportsmanship Brigade Wants You!

You’re reading this because of your relationship with the St. Louis Sports Commission.  You’ve attended one or more of our events over the years – Final Fours, Frozen Fours, Wrestling Championships, etc.  Maybe you served as a volunteer or enjoyed the entire experience as a spectator.  Many of you support our efforts as members and we sincerely thank you. Some of you know about our Sportsmanship Initiative as well.  You or someone you know has attended our Coach It Right! series of sport clinics.  Maybe you learned something new at our St. Louis Youth Sports Summit or better yet – attended the National Sportsmanship Awards – the night where we celebrate all that’s right in sports. And no, I didn’t forget. You like to read the Sportsmanship Blog too.

In case you hadn’t heard, we have another impactful program that’s been operating for about a year now. The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of volunteers who visit youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, parents, coaches and fans who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. The St. Louis community has responded wonderfully to this program and we want it to continue to grow and the only way that will happen is through volunteers.  This is where you come in. Yes, you. We need you and your friends to volunteer for the Sportsmanship Brigade.

You don’t need any previous experience as an athlete, coach, official or whatever. All you need is a desire to help to create a more positive sports environment for kids. The Sports Commission will train, outfit and equip you with everything you need to be an effective Brigade volunteer. We focus on youth sports. So, the time commitment is minimal as most youth-level activities last no more than an hour. That’s it – just one hour looking for someone to do something right.  Then, you get to recognize them for it. The Brigade exists to help change perspectives and attitudes in youth sports. Our presence changes the atmosphere. Our mission changes the culture. To volunteer, click here or call 314-345-5130. I will respond to you personally with next steps. Thank you in advance for your commitment to kids and the St. Louis region as a whole. I look forward to serving with each of you. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!