Bethesda, Md. - September 18, 2014 - Courtyard by Marriott teams up with independent nonprofit USA Football to pay tribute to individuals who contribute to youth success in its “Inspiring Greatness” recognition program. Launched last year, Inspiring Greatness will honor 28 of the most deserving youth coaches and volunteers in the country with $1,000 grants for new equipment to improve player safety – more than double the number of recipients in 2013. At the end of this season, USA Football and Courtyard, will select four finalists for a chance to win a grand prize of an additional $4,000 in grants. Marriott is the Official Hotel Partner of USA Football, and this program is an ideal extension of that partnership.
“Courtyard has a long tradition of giving back to the community and the “Inspiring Greatness” program enables us to show our appreciation and support for coaches and volunteers who help develop and mentor children,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “We are excited to partner with USA Football in this nationwide search and look forward to celebrating these dedicated leaders who inspire us all.”
Thirteen of the winners from select markets will be invited to attend Courtyard’s tailgate events as special guests, where they will have the chance to meet a local NFL legend. In addition to grants, the winners will also receive a commemorative helmet.
“Youth and high school football coaches do so much more than teach a game to our kids,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “They’re role models whose positive words and actions can make a significant difference in the life of a young person. We’re proud to join Courtyard to salute these women and men who personify the sport’s inherent values in extraordinary ways.”
The call for entries is open all season long through December 30. Youth players, parents, volunteers and coaches are encouraged to submit their nominations at http://usafootball.com/inspiregreatness.
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About USA Football
Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and a positive football experience.
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