SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Sept. 11, 2013) -- U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt's Child Youth and School Services' Youth Sports and Fitness program is a finalist in the National Alliance for Youth Sports Award of Excellence.

The Excellence in Youth Sports Award is awarded to five youth programs throughout the country based on the program's activities offered, the quality and safety of the program, and the experience of the participants.

"Schweinfurt Youth Sports won this award in 2004," said Michael Griffin, USAG Schweinfurt Youth Sports director. "It's very prestigious. Our staff, volunteers and participants work hard to maintain high quality standards that are required to receive such a great award. We are hopeful that this year our hard work will pay off again."

The National Alliance for Youth Sports is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 serving as the nation's leading youth sports educator and advocate with programs aimed at educating administrators, coaches, officials and parents about their roles and responsibilities in youth sports, according to the NAYS website.

Schweinfurt's Youth Sports program recently passed the preliminary analysis and is still in the running for the final award, which will be announced in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 20 through 23.

The youth sports and fitness program is an important part of our community that will stay intact as long as there are children to participate. They will continue to offer activities to the youth, even with the continual decrease in population expected within the next year, Griffin said.

"If we don't have enough kids to participate in a sport, we will offer something, camps, skill development or individual sports to keep the kids involved," said Griffin. "We are here for them."

Volunteers, coaches, parents and athletes can leave their feedback on USAG Schweinfurt's youth sports programs in the 2013 Excellence Award Survey. Results will be used to determine the winner of the award. To take the survey, click here.

For more on enrolling your child in a sports program, or to volunteer as a coach, call the Youth Sports and Fitness office at 09721-96-6822 or DSN 354-6822.

"We are always in need of volunteers and coaches," said Griffin. "If parents are interested but aren't sure if they are qualified, we can teach them anything they need to know. Just come talk to us."