Annual Events

Coaches Honor Roll & Dick Gallagher Liftetime Service Awards

Nominations for the Coaches Honor Roll Awards and Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award now open. 

Do you know a dedicated youth sports coach who deserves recognition? Consider nominating them for the Coaches Honor Roll or Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award. Project Play WNY will announce the recipients on National Coaches Day, Oct. 6.

Coaches Honor Roll

The qualifications for the Coaches Honor Roll are listed below. To be considered for this award, the nominee must receive separate nominations from two (2) or more people.

Eligibility for Coaches Honor Roll Nominations:

– Must currently coach a non-scholastic youth team with kids ages 13 and under

– Must serve within the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming

– The coach must be at least 21 years old

– Recipients must receive at least two (2) nominations

Criteria for Coaches Honor Roll:

Youth Development Focused: The coach’s focus is on the overall development of the young athletes. The coach approaches their responsibility as creating a positive, player-focused environment.

Sportsmanship: The coach promotes sportsmanship among their players, parents, and volunteers.

Leadership: The coach demonstrates leadership within their youth sports organization. The coach is humble, willing to sharpen their skills and involved in continuous learning.

Integrity: The coach demonstrates morals and values that align with Project  Play WNY and the mission to provide a more inclusive/supportive environment for the youth in the region.

Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award

The Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award recognizes an individual who has used their platform as a youth sports coach or youth sports organization leader to support, recognize and advocate for youth athletes both on and off the field. To be considered for this award, the nominee must receive separate nominations from three (3) or more people.

The qualifications for the Project Play WNY Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award are listed below.

Criteria for Dick Gallagher Lifetime Service Award:

– Non-scholastic Youth Sport Coach or Youth Sport Organization leader

– 10 years or more of coaching or leading a WNY Youth Sports Organization

– Recipients must receive at least three (3) nominations

– Must serve in one of the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming

– A short essay must be submitted with details that address the nominee’s adherence to the following principles: sportsmanship, fairness, honor, integrity, honesty, respect, determination, enthusiasm, sincerity and caring