Note: This is the first of eight profiles recognizing the outstanding organizations that were presented with the Excellence in Youth Sports Award in New Orleans during the Youth Sports Congress. The prestigious award, developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business magazine, recognizes programs that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches.

At the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Youth Sports and Fitness Program its programs are continually changing – and improving – to meet the diverse needs of today’s youth.

But what never changes is the department’s focus on enhancing kids’ physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through their participation.

Regardless if children are involved in a developmental program like T-ball or coach-pitch baseball; a competitive team sport like volleyball or softball; or an individual sport like swimming or track and field; they come away from the experience with greater skills and even greater memories.

“We are adapting and thinking outside the box,” says Brendyn Agbayani, youth sports director at the base, which also won the Excellence Award in 2010. “We’re not just complacent with where we are at. I meet with my staff every week and they have a lot of input. It’s not just about me being the director but it’s about everyone having a say in our programs.”

There are a lot of neat events the department devises, such as Summer Fun Fitness weeks, Olympic Day and a Teen Center Traveling Basketball League, among others, to keep children engaged throughout the year.

“One thing about being on a military post is that kids don’t have that much time to meet other kids in the local community, so traveling instead of being on post was huge for them as a way to bond with the local community and the kids really enjoy it,” says Agbayani of the impact of the travel basketball program. “It also gives our coaches the chance to meet other coaches and see how they do things.” 

As Vince Lombardi once said: “Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

That’s exactly what the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Youth Sports and Fitness Program has done and is a most deserving Excellence in Youth Sports Award winner!

Excellence Award U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii

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