Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award

The Youth Sports Safety Ambassador award recognizes an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to advancing athlete safety based on one of two criteria:

  • By providing exemplary youth sports safety protocols and care that sets a precedent and/or model that others can follow.
  • By advancing youth sports safety in one of the following areas: provision of appropriate medical care, research, policy change and/or resource allocation.

The award will be presented at the Youth Sports Safety Summit, an annual event that is underwritten by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).


Nomination Process & Timeline

Nominations open October 14, 2016.

Nominations close December 2, 2016.

Nominations will be evaluated based on the nominee’s overall contribution to advancing the cause of sports safety for youth or high school athletes, based on the criteria outlined above. Once a nomination form is reviewed, if more information is needed to evaluate the application, a member of the selection committee will contact the nominee.

Award recipients must be able to attend the Youth Sports Safety Summit on March 7, 2017, in Indianapolis, to receive the award. Roundtrip airfare and one night hotel accommodation will be provided.


Award Eligibility

  • Must set a national precedent that vastly advances the cause of youth sports safety.
  • Program/initiative being acknowledged must have been actively in place for at least 24 months with tangible results. 
  • While athletic trainers can be nominated, this award is open to anyone or entity that has made a significant contribution to youth sports safety, given the criteria outlined above.





Previous award recipients

Dawn Comstock, PhD, associate professor, Colorado School of Public Health, is one of the country’s leading high school injury surveillance published researchers whose studies have influenced policy change and best practices.

Dallas (Texas) Independent School District hired one or more full-time athletic trainers for all high schools in the district, reinforcing its commitment to athlete safety.

The NFL Foundation’s numerous efforts include the Athletic Trainer Grant Initiative, which provided matching grants to NFL clubs to fund athletic trainers in underserved middle schools, high schools and youth leagues nationwide.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) works with high schools and communities to prevent sudden cardiac arrest through education and lifesaving programs and to assist schools in acquiring AEDs.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) plays a significant leadership role in the U.S. Congress in advocating for student athlete safety and is dedicated to educating others about the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

USA Football has an innovative and comprehensive approach to teaching and playing the sport, addressing how coaches are trained, athletes are taught, parents are informed and safety is handled.