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Ten organizations earn $1,000 grant; Bridgewater, Mass., youth football team earns additional honorarium for being selected the #1 Responsible Sports Moment of the Year
BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports™, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), today named the "Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments" of 2013, celebrating acts of sportsmanship, selflessness, fairness and honesty from youth sports fields, rinks, courts, mats and pools around the country. Each of the 10 award winners selected by a panel of judges representing PCA and Responsible Sports partners illustrate the positive impact that sports can have on children's lives, and each will receive a $1,000 charitable donation for their organizations from Liberty Mutual Insurance. Additionally, the judges selected one of the 10 moments as the "Most Responsible Sports Moment of the Year," earning that group an additional $1,000 honorarium.
The "Most Responsible Sports Moment of the Year" occurred in the fall of 2013 in Bridgewater, Mass., by the Badgers Division 5 Peewees football team. The Badgers' water coach, Danny Keefe, had suffered a brain hemorrhage when he was born, causing childhood apraxia of speech. Each day, the 6-year-old Danny would dress up in a suit and tie and stand on the sidelines as the Badgers played football. Upon hearing that Danny was getting picked on because of the way he speaks and dresses, the Badgers team quarterback decided that he wanted to wear a suit to school to show support, rallied teammates about his plan, and they all agreed to join in. The fifth-graders showed up to school on "Danny Appreciation Day," all wearing suits and ties, and gathered around Danny in the library, cheering his name.
"Liberty Mutual Insurance is a company that prides itself on responsibility in action, and these 'Top 10 Moments' remind us that youth sports is where many children learn positive life lessons," said Anthony Storm, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance. "We applaud these youth athletes and organizations for their demonstrations of sportsmanship and integrity, and are proud to honor their responsible acts."
Throughout the year, Liberty Mutual Insurance and PCA identified moments across the country that exemplified sportsmanship within local communities, highlighting each moment on ResponsibleSports.com. The winning moments were selected by a panel of judges including PCA Founder Jim Thompson, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street, and executives from Responsible Sports partner organizations. Each of the 10 winning moments exemplifies the positive impact sports can have on children's lives and demonstrates sportsmanship and responsibility.
In addition to the "Most Responsible Sports Moment of the Year," Liberty Mutual and PCA also are honoring these nine nominees among the "Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments" of 2013:
"As an athlete and mother of four sons who participate in youth sports, I know personally how important it is for kids to experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that encourage sportsmanship and responsibility," said Picabo Street, a two-time U.S. Olympic medalist in alpine skiing, youth sports parent, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports ambassador. "The 'Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments' are a fantastic illustration of the positive life lessons that can be learned on the field of play. I am proud to celebrate these moments of winning both on and off the field, and commend these extraordinary organizations and athletes."
The "Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments" is part of the larger Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance. Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports is a community-based program that provides resources, tools, tips and advice for volunteer youth sports coaches and parents. For more information on the "Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments" of 2013 and Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports, visit ResponsibleSports.com or Facebook.com/ResponsibleSports.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day who take personal ownership in ensuring positive outcomes in life. In 2007, we created Responsible Sports as a part of this belief, to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when Responsible Coaches and Responsible Sports Parents come together to support winning both on and off the field.
Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports is a community-based program providing resources, tools, tips and advice for volunteer youth sport coaches and sport parents. Powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, the Responsible Sports program offers parents and coaches constructive tips, expert advice and practical examples to help create a positive sports environment for children. Liberty Mutual also has provided more than $500,000 in grants to youth sports teams, organizations and schools for community participation in the online Responsible Sports curriculum. Liberty Mutual is proud to support youth sports organizations, including ASA Softball, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Softball, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo, and USA Wrestling. To access the Responsible Sports resources, see previous Responsible Sports grant winners, and register your league or school for the Responsible Sports grant program, visit www.ResponsibleSports.com.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue. The company employs over 50,000 people in approximately 900 offices throughout the world.
The sixth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual (libertymutual.com) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of more than 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.
Liberty Mutual Insurance is the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Liberty Seguros (Brazil) is a National Supporter and Official Insurer of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup, both of which will be held in Brazil.
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