By Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow | 21st Space Wing
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The Peterson Air Force Base R.P. Lee Youth Center sports departments earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation for the year 2020/2021 for youth sports.
The Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation is a seal of commitment to quality and safety based on nationally accepted standards. The designation was developed around the National Standards for Youth Sports as a way to recognize and promote youth sports organizations that make quality a priority. R.P. Lee Youth Center is one of two programs in the state of Colorado to earn this designation.
“Peterson Air Force Base recognizes we have to actively demonstrate that we are providing youth sports programs of the highest standard,” said Carlos Wade, Peterson AFB youth sports director. “Parents have many choices when it comes to youth sports so the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation is an important promotional tool to allow our organization to set ourselves apart and give parents confidence in our programs. They can take comfort knowing their child is in the best place possible to learn the fundamentals of sports at an early age and compete in sports as they get older.”
Achieving this designation demonstrates the 21st Force Support Squadron youth sports program has undergone a review process and has shown a commitment to the children and families they serve. The youth department has taken steps to ensure a safe, quality playing environment for children and was evaluated on written policies and procedures, volunteer screening, coach training, parent education and accountability and inclusion