Submitted by the SUNY Youth Sports Institute
Pulaski, N. Y. â€“ On July 28th, in the quaint Village of Pulaski, approximately 165 parents gathered into the high school auditorium to attend a parentsâ€™ education seminar put on by the SUNY Youth Sports Institute. The SUNY Youth Sports Instituteâ€™s â€œGuiding Youth Sport Parentsâ€ course is a comprehensive seminar designed to teach parents how best to support their children while they participate in organized youth sports. The program was hosted by the Pulaski Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Association which has seen incredible growth over the past two years, increasing enrollment from 75 children in 2008 to over 190 for this fall.
Jim Purdy, President of the Pulaski Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Association and Secretary of the Greater Watertown Pop Warner Conference, helped coordinate the event. Purdy described the atmosphere as â€œvery relaxed and cordial, providing a great learning environment.â€ Purdy said that the parents who attended found the SUNY Youth Sports Institute Instructor, Tim Donovan, very professional and described the presentation as â€œtop notch.â€ Parents seemed to especially like the question and answer session at the conclusion of the course. Purdy said â€œthe strong attendance really meant a lot to the leagueâ€™s volunteers and he was very happy to see everyone in the league from the parents to the leagueâ€™s administration enthusiastic about making their league the best it can be.â€
To find more information on the Pulaski Area Pop Warner you can visit their webpage at http://www.pulaskiareapopwarner.com. To learn more about the SUNY Youth Sports Instituteâ€™s Parents Training visit http://www.youthsportsny.org/parents/.
About the SUNY Youth Sports Institute
The SUNY Youth Sports Institute has been chartered by the State University of New York to assist local communities in creating sustainable and positive sport environments for children throughout New York State. The Instituteâ€™s seven module coaching certification curriculum addresses topics of serious concern for coaches; adult volunteers; and health, education and youth advocates. In a single, two-and-a-half hour training session, the SUNY Youth Sports Institute offers training and certification in a set of minimum standards to non-school youth coaches across all youth sports. Since March 2008, the SUNY Youth Sports Institute has trained and certified over 5,425 youth sport coaches in towns and cities across New York State. These coaches come from all areas of sport and span a wide variety of ages.