Metro Sports is expanding into the youth sports market by hosting character-focused youth tournaments, clinics and camps as well as creating television programs centered on those events. The youth sports challenges will be organized by former KMBC-TV anchor Natalie Moultrie, who has taken the newly created position of full-time Metro Sports Youth Coordinator.
While Metro Sports Youth will host the events, they will partner at each tournament with the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and its Champions of Character program to focus on rewarding the traits of integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
“Metro Sports Youth will incorporate the philosophies and ideals of the Champions of Character program in every event we host as well as highlight them in our youth television programming that airs on Metro Sports,” said Moultrie. “The goal is to emphasize the positive life skills, character development, and mental awareness that young athletes can develop by participating in healthy youth sports environments.”
Each coach participating in the tournament will be asked to nominate a team member for the Champions of Character award. Students will be recognized based on ethical behavior and commitment to scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership. Closing ceremonies will honor the tournament winners as well as one Champions of Character award winner from every team playing in the tournament.
The first Metro Sports Youth event, a basketball tournament, will be held Jan. 5-7 at William Jewell College. A full roster of 66 teams has signed up to participate in the tournament for 3rd through 7th grade teams and there is a waiting list of teams wishing to participate. A tournament for recreation and low-competitive teams will be held at the Boys & Girls Club in K.C. Feb. 9-11 and another open tournament will be held at William Jewell College March 2-4. Those will be open to 3rd grade through high school teams.
Metro Sports will tape all of the games including players, coaches and fans. Highlights will be featured in a special hour-long television program after the tournament and aired repeatedly on Metro Sports. The special also will include highlights from the closing ceremony including some of the Champions of Character award presentations.
“We’re going to make sure we recognize not only the talented athletes who participate in our tournaments and show up in high light reels on Metro Sports, but we will start rewarding young athletes who exhibit personal development by embracing the Champions of Character ideals,” Moultrie said.
Moultrie says that plans call for Metro Sports Youth Challenges to be held for baseball, girls’ softball, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, football and cheerleading.
“The response to our first Metro Sports Youth Basketball Challenge of a full roster of teams and waiting list for participation shows that coaches and parents are eager to provide a positive environment in which their children will be rewarded for positive attitudes and attributes as well as athletic prowess.”
“We look forward to Metro Sports Youth providing young athletes with the opportunity to compete and learn in an environment that encourages respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.”
Metro Sports can be found on channel 30 on Time Warner Cable, Sunflower channel 37 in Lawrence, Ks, and on Comcast channels 44 in Missouri and 68 in Kansas.
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