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Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Preston retires

Preston had been with organization for almost seven years

Submitted by the Youth Sports Alliance

After nearly seven years leading the Youth Sports Alliance, Aimee Preston has chosen to retire from her position as executive director to enjoy more time with her family.

Hired as the only employee in the fall of 2010, Preston has led the Youth Sports Alliance to great success — surpassing all set goals, including development of an active board, assembling an amazing group of passionate employees and achieving the following highlights:

· 660 percent increase of annual individual Scholarship Awards and over 233 percent increase in funding towards our community's competitive winter sports clubs through the Jans Winter Welcome fundraiser
· Along with board members, led a successful Stein Eriksen Endowment campaign that raised $2M for youth in the community
· Operation of the "Get Out & Play" after school program that has seen a 73 percent increase in participants since 2010 and now offers a menu of additional summer and winter activities to local youth
· Led a community effort to design and launch a much-needed middle school program called "Activ8" to fill the gap of accessible activities for 12-14 year olds on school early release days.

Preston is most proud of the community partnerships created through her leadership of the collaboration between YSA and many other local organizations.

"I'm proud of this community for having such passion towards our youth and creating remarkable opportunities, whether an athlete or adolescent who just wants to have fun and be active," said Preston, who plans to remain active with the Youth Sports Alliance in an advisory role. "I'm incredibly impressed by the recent community effort, led by YSA founder Jim Gaddis, to raise a $2 million endowed scholarship fund in partnership with the late Stein Eriksen.

"Having been an athlete growing up, I recognize the sacrifices people make to give their kids an opportunity to participate and follow their dreams. The support from this community is simply a legacy that will never be forgotten."

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Preston is leaving the Youth Sports Alliance in an extremely stable and sustainable position, with the combination of a dedicated staff and an engaged board of directors. She will oversee the transition to a new executive director this summer.

"Speaking on behalf of all board members, Aimee has been vital to the growth and success over the past 7 years, and her passion, love, and support of the Youth Sports Alliance remain unchanged," said Trace Worthington, Youth Sports Alliance Board President. "Without a doubt, we all support her decision to spend more time with her beautiful family. We look forward to our continued relationship with Aimee as an extremely valuable member of our advisory team."

The Youth Sports Alliance is commencing with a comprehensive search for the most qualified candidate. Further information and a job description are available by contacting Aimee at apreston@ysaparkcity.org or board president, Trace Worthington at trace@traceworthington.com.

Preston said she will miss much about her former position, but will miss one thing in particular.

"I will miss being a part of the Scholarship Awards Committee, as it was one of the most rewarding parts of my job," Preston said. It is always eye-opening and heart wrenching to hear of unfortunate circumstances that may pull kids away from what they love doing most at a critical time in their lives, but being able to reach out to provide even the tiniest bit of support often made a world of difference in their lives and future growth.

"Watching them grow and continue to excel in their sports made my heart full."

The Youth Sports Alliance has been enhancing the winter sports community of Summit and Wasatch County since 2003. With the development of the Get Out and Play and Activ8 programs, the YSA now impacts over 2400 children within our community on an annual basis. The nonprofit has provided tens of thousands of aspiring athletes with support to reach their dreams while embracing a healthy lifestyle.

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