County Parks and Rec dept. wins youth sports award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The National Alliance for Youth Sports announced Wednesday that Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is a 2012 Excellence in Youth Sports Award winner.

"Life-long skills are often learned at a young age," said John Engh, chief operating officer at NAYS. "We applaud Gwinnett County for their commitment to providing the children with positive, rewarding opportunities through youth sports."

More than 100 youth sports programs around the world submitted applications for the award and Gwinnett County was chosen because of its "dedication to providing safe sporting experiences to the youth in the community, their unique initiatives to promote sportsmanship among both youth players and adult volunteers helped them stand out among the other submissions."

The department will be presented with its award during the NAYS Youth Sports Congress in New Orleans, La. Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.