Twenty-eight years. That’s how long I’ve been an NYO parent-coach-volunteer. If you asked me how our organization works, how it continues to improve, I’d recite a litany of names. It would be a list of thousands --- parents and non-parents alike --- who commit their time each year for the love of children and for the games they play. They’re the people --- starting with Jane Wilkins --- who have given us the premier youth-sports organization in the South.
In 65 years, we’ve grown to serve 2,500 families with 5,000 registered baseball, fastpitch softball, football, basketball and cheerleading children, ages 4 to 14. We also operate the Christopher League for children with special needs.
We do it all in the heart of Atlanta’s biggest and busiest park, Chastain, or on high-quality playing fields we maintain with school and church partners.
A romantic might call it the Miracle of NYO. But romances, even the best ones, hit rough patches. Even miracles have shelf life and an expiration date. Leaders move on. Volunteers find new interests. Success breeds complacency, which can yield to mediocrity. Tough economic times strain everyone. Bad things do, occasionally, happen.
No one can anticipate every challenge, every opportunity. But if you’re paying attention you might just catch the next updraft or avoid the unexpected wind shear. That’s why, a year ago, NYO’s board set out to develop a detailed three-year strategic plan that will guide operations and decision-making. (click headline or image to read more)