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First National Sports Organizations of Character Recognized

Washington, D.C. – presented the first ever National Sports Organization of Character Recognitions, which “celebrate outstanding organizations who, through the medium of sports, have demonstrated the highest standards of character,” to The First Tee and New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL). CITRS was instrumental in leading the initiative as they consulted with both organizations through the comprehensive and rigorous certification process required to receive the award.

According to, “This award acknowledges that these organizations have established the best possible systems and procedures so that character instruction and modeling is pervasive and sustainability is ensured. Additionally, this award honors recipients for serving as models for scalability and replication across the country.”

As the first organizations to achieve National Sports Organization of Character recognition, First Tee and NYJTL have paved the way for future organizations to incorporate character development into their programs and become certified.



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