Protect The Game is landing soon at Halawa District Park in Hawaii!
There is a shortage of youth sports officials in America, and there is a population of military veterans, family members and active-duty military who can benefit from becoming a youth sports official. Protect The Game creates a bridge on these concerns and will train, certify and equip military veterans at no charge to become youth sports officials.
Protect The Game will be in O'ahu from October 18-20 with evening sessions with USA Softball of Hawaii's Chris Miles (Junior Olympic UIC) and George Nihei (President-O'ahu Junior Olympics) to provide training, certification and uniforms/equipment to veterans and their family members, plus active-duty military.
After PTG certification, veterans can secure paid work immediately and connect to the camaraderie found in officiating. It’s a world that supports wearing a crisp uniform, working a schedule of one’s choosing, managing game situations, being a part of the youth sports world and exploring new places if travel to assignments sounds appealing.
Since our inception in 2019, we have certified 190 veterans. This summer in Arizona during one of Triple Crown’s largest youth baseball events we certified 13 veterans, and in collaboration with United Umpires we certified another 31 umpires in New Jersey. We also certified 10 umpires in Alaska and 10 more in Colorado, in softball and baseball.
In December 2022, we announced a partnership with Battlefields2Ballfields (B2B) a non-profit organization started by Mike Pereira, current NFL rules analyst on FOX Sports and longtime football official. B2B has established a scholarship fund to help veterans gain a foothold in the world of sports officiating. Candidates who execute the training and certification process through PTG are eligible for funding assistance from B2B, removing hurdles so new officials can get equipment and uniforms. For more information on the B2B partnership: https://triplecrownsports.co/40kpASS
From ESPN’s Outside the Lines: https://youtu.be/PKsxv9mG2QA
PTG has also partnered with Officially Human (https://officiallyhuman.com/), an initiative dedicated to restoring respect to game officials and recognizing them as authorities on the fields and courts. Officially Human has attended numerous PTG trainings and Triple Crown events. PTG, OH and Triple Crown collaborated on a video released in September which resonated globally – https://youtu.be/nucUNnByMHo
Protect the Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-w-R_OsMIg