NFL and BlackRock Canada is searching for Canada's most dedicated volunteer football coaches.
The NFL Youth Coach of the Year award, now in its 15th year and presented by financial services provider BlackRock, is designed to recognize active community or high school level volunteer coaches across Canada who dedicate themselves to the development of young players both on and off the field.
Over the past 14 years the program has contributed more than $170,000 in equipment and facility upgrades to deserving programs. Any Canadian can nominate a coach for recognition.
Nominations can be submitted at www.NFLcoachoftheyear.ca on or before Monday, November 4, 2013.
Nominators are asked to submit a short essay recognizing the positive impact the volunteer high school or community coach has on young players. Nominators are asked to consider how the coach teaches respect, safety, motivation, leadership and appreciation for the game of football when drafting their nominations.
The winning coach will be selected by a panel of journalists from across Canada, NFL, BlackRock and Football Canada representatives. Shortlisted coaches will be announced via press release and posted online (NFL.com) on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Winner and runners-up will be announced via press release and posted online (NFL.com) on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
$5,000 of new football equipment will be donated to the winning coach's program. BlackRock will help cement the winning coach's legacy, creating a $5,000 in bursaries that will assist young football players in the coach's community who are in financial need. Two runners-up schools will each receive $2,000 in equipment.