Youth 1st Team Award

Youth 1st Team Award
Presented to: Acceleration 16U

(Owatonna, MN) (July, 2019) – The Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund in partnership with Youth 1st, Federated Insurance, Jostens, Pearson, Cashwise, Bennerotte; Associates, Jaguar Communications, The Retrofit Companies, US Bank, Owatonna Motor Company, Profinium and Minnesota-USA Softball have selected the Acceleration 16U softball team as the recipient of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2019 Down ‘N Dirty Tournament, hosted by the Eagan Fastpitch Association.

The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team (parents, fans and spectators). “We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose.” said Mark Arjes, Founder/Director of Youth 1st. “It has become increasingly difficult to find and retain coaches and officials for youth sports because of the abuse that they take during games. We believe it is time to model and encourage values-based actions, creating what we call a Conduct 1st environment where the focus is on the kids, competitive energies are kept in check and officials and opponents are respected.”

“The Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund are proud to partner on the Youth 1st Team Awards. Baseball and softball play a key role in the development of young people when the focus is on teaching life skills, developing values, and building character,” said Dave St. Peter, President and CEO of the Minnesota Twins. “We are thrilled that the Youth 1st Team Awards program recognizes players, coaches, and parents who model and encourage good sportsmanship and positive conduct in Twins Territory.”

About Youth 1st, Inc.: ( @Youth1stMN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

The Youth 1st Team Award was created by working with umpires and tournament directors.  The umpires provide a team selection vote after each game during the tournament based on the conduct and sportsmanship exhibited by coaches, players and fans.  Teams with an exemplary score from the officials are recognized as Youth 1st Teams. Teams are presented with a plaque and certificates PLUS tickets for all players and coaches to attend and be recognized at a Minnesota Twins home game at Target Field. The mission of Youth 1st is to connect Conduct, Character and Community to youth activity programs. Youth 1st is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Owatonna, MN. Youth 1st is an official Playball! MN Partner.

About the Minnesota Twins Community Fund

Governed by a public board of directors, the Twins Community Fund was chartered as an independent public charity in 1991 with the mission to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund and its grant programs are supported in part by Target, U.S. Bank, Treasure Island and Delta Air Lines. For more information, visit

About Eagan Fastpitch Softball: (

Our mission is to have highly competitive teams with a strong emphasis on commitment, sportsmanship, teamwork, and knowledge of the game. This cannot be achieved without the dedication of our players, parents, coaches and volunteers.

See official Press Release here.