February 5th, 2020
Her Next Play is a nonprofit focused on developing the next generation of women leaders through sports. Playing sports gives girls a unique opportunity to build powerful leadership skills, and Her Next Play programs inspire girls to stay in sports and help them develop as leaders through sports, and help female athletes accelerate their careers. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with MYAS to help build the confidence, resilience, and leadership capabilities of girls in Minnesota,” said Sara Wegmann, President of Her Next Play.
This joint effort will empower our female athletes, inspire more girls to keep playing, and provide girls with more opportunities to develop their leadership skills through sports. The partnership will showcase the dedicated individuals who work countless hours in order to provide safe, positive, and productive experiences for female athletes in Minnesota. It will also promote the MYAS and its statewide work dedicated to administering youth sports via tournaments, events, leagues, and services. The MYAS is Minnesota’s largest multi-sport organization focused solely on improving the delivery of youth athletics, with more than 150,000 kids participating in programs annually. This partnership will also allow the MYAS to highlight the parent-volunteer, community-based youth athletic associations by offering opportunities to encourage and strengthen the positive development of young female athletes, which directly benefits their communities, associations and, most importantly, the participants.
“All of us here at the MYAS are thrilled to partner with Her Next Play and to deliver programming to youth athletic associations and empower the female youth athlete. Those that have been involved in sports understand the life lessons we learn from them. The missions of Her Next Play and MYAS, along with our platforms as nonprofit organizations, will allow us to make a stronger impact together. Ultimately, our hope is to increase participation of girls in youth sports, while growing and developing their leadership and career skills,” said Dawson Blanck, Executive Director of MYAS.
Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Inc. (www.myas.org) was organized in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving youth sports services to young athletes, coaches, parents, officials/umpires, and the parent-volunteer athletic associations. The MYAS recognizes that participation in athletics is one of the healthiest and most cost-effective options for helping young female athletes make good choices about life’s many decisions. This can be achieved through promoting sportsmanship, teamwork, and cultural interaction through sporting competition as well by providing the highest quality athletic programs for Minnesota’s young female athletes while linking regional volunteer youth sports programs with others statewide.
In 2015, the MYAS launched “Trusted Coaches,” a nationwide platform training coaches to maximize the probability that positive things will happen to young athletes. Additionally, Trusted Coaches has created a cutting-edge education program to foster compliance with the Safe Sport Authorization Act. Her Next Play utilizes the Trusted Coaches platform to screen and educate its speakers, coaches, and volunteers to ensure the safety of its female participants during its events. The Trusted Coaches platform provides a national criminal background check, concussion training, child safety training, first-aid training, and coach character development that fosters compliance with state and federal standards. More information about this platform can be found at www.trustedcoaches.org