Jack Crowe, the founder and chairman of the CoachSafely Foundation, has been named to the board of the National Council of Youth Sports, the NCYS announced.
Crowe is a legendary college football coach who has become a leading advocate advancing the cause of youth sports safety in the state of Alabama and nationally. After retiring from coaching at Jacksonville State University – with previous stops including Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson and Baylor – Crowe formed the CoachSafely Foundation in 2013. The non-profit serves as a consulting organization for developing youth sports safety policy, education, research and community outreach.
Crowe led the advocacy for a bill in the Alabama State Legislature to mandate a comprehensive statewide training course in injury recognition and prevention for youth coaches working with children age 14 and under. The bill became the Coach Safely Law, the first of its kind in the United States, in April 2018. Through a joint initiative with the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, CoachSafely has trained 22,000 youth coaches in Alabama, which has helped protect 330,000 youth athletes.
The other new members of the NCYS board are:
Adam Andrasko, CEO, USA Artistic Swimming (Synchronized Swimming)
Ann Kitt Carpenetti, Vice President of Lacrosse, US Lacrosse
Gil Fried, Sport Management Professor/Departmental Chair, University of New Haven
Joseph Janosky, Director, Sports Safety, Hospital for Special Surgery
Stan Kubis, President, SK Advisory
The new members join existing members Wanda Rutledge (New Jersey City University), Pam Marshall (AAU), Trish Sylvia (National Center for Safety Initiatives) and Talty O’Connor (Covey Communications Corporation) on the board.
The National Council of Youth Sports is comprised of the Who’s Who in the youth sports industry nationwide. As the largest organization in America serving the industry, NCYS serves 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs. Its members, under the leadership of executive director Wayne Moss, are recognized as the gatekeepers, key decision-makers, influencers and advocates for youth sports participation.