International Alliance for Youth Sports Names Dominica’s Shillingford a Youth Sports Ambassador

2012_iaysThe International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS) has officially selected Trevor Shillingford of Dominica as an International Youth Sports Ambassador. By becoming an Ambassador, Shillingford joins a growing worldwide consortium comprised of dedicated individuals who are strong advocates of the power of sports in making a positive difference in the lives of children.

“I am a strong advocate of youth sports and I place special emphasis on the development of grassroots sports,” said Shillingford, who is the sports coordinator at the Sports Division in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in the Commonwealth of Dominica. “Through the sports division I have spearheaded several programs which have resulted in an increase in participation of young people in sporting activities, specifically in mini sports.”

IAYS is the international division of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), America’s leading advocate for sports for children. IAYS is committed to building the value of sports in countries around the world by uniting like-minded individuals as Ambassadors for their respective countries. Along with the efforts of these specially selected Ambassadors, IAYS utilizes strategic partnerships with worldwide organizations such as the Peace Corps and Children International to help make a positive difference in young lives through sports.

“Mr. Shillingford is passionate about youth sports and has the interest of the young people at heart,” said the Honorable Loreen Bannis-Roberts, the Caribbean representative for IAYS. “He continues to implement and oversee youth sports programs around the island. He is very knowledgeable of the status of youth sports on the island because of his day-to-day involvement with the programs and the young people. He continues to look out for the young people and encourages their involvement in youth sports activities so as to use sports as an avenue to, among other things, fight against youth delinquency, childhood obesity and other social ills. He is very strong when it comes to organizing youth sports activities not only at the national level but most importantly at the community level.”

It remains IAYS’ goal to identify individuals who are committed to the belief that sports play an important and positive role in the physical, emotional and social development of children. IAYS believes that sports activities have immense value and can be the ultimate outdoor classroom for some of life’s greatest lessons – and the individuals selected as Ambassadors will have a united and powerful voice in making that vision become a reality.

Individuals chosen as an Ambassador will also be given opportunities to attend NAYS’ annual Youth Sports Congress held in the U.S. in order to learn about the state of youth sports from U.S. administrators as well as share ideas and gain insight from other Ambassadors worldwide. “Sports truly are the outdoor classroom of life because they give children the opportunity to learn many important values that they will carry with them throughout their life,” said Fred Engh, founder and president of NAYS. “All children, regardless of the environment they’re living in or the adversities they’re facing, love to play and we have a responsibility to help every single one of them experience the true power of sports. By being identified as an International Youth Sports Ambassador one becomes a vehicle for promoting this message and bringing quality youth sports experiences to the millions of children who so desperately need it.”

Ambassadors will have access to an array of training materials to help local organizations in their country learn how to promote the value and importance sports can have in children’s lives; the importance of quality education and effective strategies educating youth sports administrators; and ways to help.

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