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National Council for Spirit Safety and Education Newsletter
July News 
In This Issue
NCSSE Partners with Respect in Sport USA
SITA Relief Fund for Flood Victims
Make Practice Fun
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Free Class
Call now to schedule your 2008 NCSSE classes. Hosting classes at your gym, school or recreation center pays great rewards--if 10 or more coaches attend your class, your class is free! If you schedule all four classes and ten or more coaches attend each class, your four NCSSE classes are free.
 
This is a great opportunity to market your new gym, showcase your college cheer program, or demonstrate your school system's committment to cheerleading safety.
 
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Participate in an NCSSE class and receive a $200 certificate good towards the purchase of 20 pairs of the new Panther sideline shoe. The offer expires 12/31/2008.
NCSSE Partners with Respect in Sport USA
NCSSE has forged a partnership with CrossConfirm, an authorized provider of the American Red Cross, to endorse and offer its Respect in Sport USA program to all coaches in NCSSE constituent organizations. Respect in Sport USA (www.RespectInSportUSA.com) is an internationally recognized program that educates coaches and protects youth athletes in the areas of bullying, harassment, neglect and various forms of abuse. Respect in Sport USA is delivered via the American Red Cross' world-class online distance learning platform, which trains individuals in all 50 states and 34 countries around the world. "We are absolutely thrilled that the NCSSE is once again taking the lead in protecting youth athletes. We are proud to be working with them, and fully expect that more organizations will follow the NCSSE's example," said Kent Burns, Founder and President of CrossConfirm. Debbie Bracewell, Executive Director of the NCSSE, added, "We are excited to be working with the American Red Cross and Respect in Sport in this joint endeavor to enhance cheerleading safety and coaching education. This program addresses risk management, maltreatment, and abuse prevention thus giving our coaches the skills to become proactive in recognizing these problems and making the team environment safer." The NCSSE continues to expand its resources to assist coaches in protecting themselves and their athletes through education and prudent implementation of safe practices.
 
To register, click here. When prompted for a coupon code, type in NCSSE
SITA Relief Fund For Flood Victims
The Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA) is again calling on the support of the entire spirit industry. Numerous spirit programs have been affected by the recent flooding in the Midwest presenting the industry with another opportunity to meet a challenge. SITA is answering the call through the efforts of the SITA Relief Fund. Established in March of 2007, the SITA Relief Fund provides an outlet for contributions from the spirit industry to communities in need. As part of its philanthropic initiative, the SITA Board of Directors voted in early 2008 to contribute to the relief fund annually, providing assistance and aide to spirit teams that find themselves in immediate need. "To date, the SITA Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $12,000," states Darren Thompson, current SITA Chairman. He continues, "I am very proud of the manner in which our spirit industry responded to the disasters in early 2007 and know that we can again count on that same generosity from our spirit community in 2008." The SITA Relief Fund is a not-for-profit fund and your contributions are tax deductible. Contributions may be submitted to: SITA Relief Fund Community Bank & Trust Attention: Liz Trammell PO Box 311245 Enterprise, AL 36331-1245 More information regarding the SITA Relief Fund and other philanthropic initiatives can be found on the SITAweb site.
Make Practice Fun
Need ideas to make practices fun and different? Check out this site (www.holidayinsights.com) for special occasions and special days of each month. For example, July 17 is Peach Ice Cream Day! Incorporate peach-related terms and ice cream terms during practice--then end practice with home made peach ice cream. July 26 is All or Nothing Day--think of the possibilities for this!
 
Incorporating special days of the month into practices can be fun and educational for all involved. With a bit of planning, each week/month can bring lots of surprises!
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