Game On! Honored by U.S. Olympic Committee
Game On! Sports 4 Girls is selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to receive the 2018 RINGS OF GOLD AWARD
September 18, 2018: Game On! Sports 4 Girls is this year’s proud recipient of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 2018 Rings of Gold – Program Award.
The award recognizes Game On! for its dedication to “helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams and reach their highest athletic and personal potential.” More specifically, the award is honoring Game On! for “nurturing and developing the Olympic and Paralympic dreams and goals of children, teaching America’s youth valuable life skills and making a positive impact” in the communities served.
Game On!’s founder and owner Barb Lazarus received the award at an Awards gala, Friday, Sept. 21 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Attendees included around 250-275 members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family – i.e. Olympic and Paralympic alumni, USOC/National Governing Body leadership and staff, etc.
Lazarus commented on the Rings of Gold Award: “This honor is the highest testament to the team of women who stand behind Game On! – a team that works tirelessly to harness the power of sports to help every Game On! Girl to believe in, respect and achieve the Game On! pledge which reads, “I strive to be GirlStrong – strong in body, strong in mind and strong in team. Game On!” On behalf of our team we thank our nominator Carol Brown and the USOC for recognizing our spirit and impact.”
1976 Olympic bronze medalist for rowing Carol Brown nominated Game On! for the award. After learning of Game On!’s success she commented, “Game On! Sports 4 Girls and founder Barb Lazarus create such a positive sports and life experience for all their campers! I love working with their programs.”
In 2013, Lazarus was recognized as a Toyota Everyday Hero and presented with a $10,000 check on top of the award itself at the annual espnW Summit.