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Gettin’ In The Game, Junior National Championships (JNC)

2021 JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Announcing the 2021 Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Championship
November 5 – November 7
Phoenix, Arizona

Informational Packet

Each year we participates in this exciting program as bleeding disorders Chapters throughout the United States are invited to participate in CSL Behring’s JNC by nominating two individuals from their local Chapters to attend the event. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a clinic where they will learn the fundamentals of baseball, golf, and swimming ( swimming will not be included this year) and enhance their skills in that sport, learn the importance of physical fitness in managing a bleeding disorder, and show off their baseball, golf, and swimming abilities in a national competition with fellow participants from around the country. Throughout the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions to learn more about their bleeding disorders and the importance of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. They will build relationships with fellow members of the bleeding disorders community by sharing personal experiences with one another.

2021 JNC Application

Application here!

Deadline For Applying to the Chapter is:  Wednesday, August 18, 2021

(The chapter representative is responsible for completing the Online Nominee Registration Form by 8:00 PM ET on Monday, August 23, 2021).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Developed by CSL Behring, the Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Championship (JNC) was the first and is currently the only national golf and baseball competition designed specifically for the bleeding disorders community. The JNC features accomplished Gettin’ in the Game Athletes who themselves have been diagnosed with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease.
During the program participants will have the opportunity to:

Take part in either golf or baseball activities to learn the fundamentals and enhance their skills in that sport.
• Learn about the importance of physical fitness in managing a bleeding disorder and receive instructions on proper stretching techniques and good athletic form.
• Show off their golf or baseball abilities in a national competition with fellow participants from around the country.
• Connect and build relationships with fellow members of the bleeding disorders community by sharing their personal experiences with one another.

Chapters can nominate up to 2 participants, girls or boys—each one selected for either golf or baseball.
• Chapter nominees must be between 12–18 years of age and must have a bleeding disorder.
• Chapter agrees to only nominate participants and their adult guardian that are willing to fully comply with our mandatory safety protocols in advance and on site for attendance.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact East West Connection (event agency) at 908-628-0301,
or email events@eastwestconnection.com.

For more information about the JNC, visit www.csljnc.com.

JNC Logo

An Awards Ceremony will be hosted by CSL Behring on Saturday, November 6, 2021, to honor all chapter nominees for their participation and to announce the 2021 Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Champions. All chapter nominees have the chance to win and, more important, to learn about life beyond a bleeding disorder. A prize medal will be awarded to each chapter nominee for his/her participation in the program.
The scores of all chapter nominees will be tallied by the Gettin’ in the Game athletes at the conclusion of the competitions to determine the Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Champions.

Prizes to be awarded include:

• Junior National Golf Champion: the participant with the lowest overall golf score.
• Junior National Baseball Champion: the participant with the highest overall baseball score.
• Prizes

– Trophy: all Junior National Champions will receive a trophy to commemorate their accomplishment of winning the 2021 Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Championship.
– Sporting Equipment: to encourage each of our Junior National Champions to continue to stay in the game after the program concludes, CSL Behring will present each National Champion with sporting equipment.
– Chapter Donation: CSL Behring shows our commitment to the lives of patients in the bleeding disorders community both on and off the field through continued education. CSL Behring will make a charitable donation to the sponsoring chapter in honor of each National Champion in support of their education and outreach initiatives.

There Are Many More Opportunities to Be Recognized:

• Junior National Raffle Winner: a raffle winner will be selected from among all participants.
• Second- and Third-Place Awards: participants in each competition will be recognized for second- and third-place scores. CSL Behring will make a charitable donation to the sponsoring chapter on behalf of the winner.
• Junior National Good Sportsmanship Awards: one sportsmanship award for golf and baseball will be presented.

CSL Behring’s primary concern is for the health and welfare of attendees, both the child with a bleeding disorder, and the parent or caregiver attending with the child. Because CSL Behring is concerned about ALL attendees, we have set standards for participation in the 2021 JNC.
We understand if certain members of your chapter cannot or will not agree to comply with these precautions, and if that is the case, we ask that you not nominate them to attend JNC this year. CSL Behring will monitor participants’ compliance with these safety protocols, and to protect others’ safety, we will ask participants to leave the event if they do not comply. If parents and children arrive at the event and do not follow these standards, they will be asked to leave the event to protect the safety of others.
While CSL Behring cannot guarantee that no attendee will be exposed to Covid or a variant, we are asking for cooperation in making the event as successful and as safe as possible.

Therefore, the following precautions are mandatory:

• We require that the parent/caregiver who accompanies a child to the event, be vaccinated. All adults attending the event (no other family members are permitted to attend) must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card) to event organizers at least two weeks prior to the event.
• We strongly encourage that all children participating in the event be vaccinated.
• Children and the attending parents/caregivers must agree to complete a Covid Health Survey 14 days before the event and again, 3 days before travelling to the event.
• If they attest, in writing, that they have a medical reason or religious belief that precludes them from being vaccinated, we ask that they fully mask (mask over mouth and nose) during the entire event except when eating and in your hotel room.
• If you have questions or concerns about the precautions listed above, please reach out to Carol Padgett at 908-473-9042 prior to travelling to the event.

Read here for more information and requirements for attending.

 

Wonder what it’s like to attend the Gettin’ in the Game Junior National Championship? Read some of the responses we’ve received from past participants…

Charles Parent
“ It was really great to see these kids coming together and not letting their bleeding disorder affect them playing sports. It always feels good to see how the kid’s confidence goes up when they’re with other people sharing a similar disease. It’s like any barriers they may normally have come down, both physically and emotionally. Talking to other parents during meals and while the kids were participating was so nice also. Sharing stories and experiences is always meaningful.”

    

2018 Participants – Cole Dean and Laithan Johnson

Cole Dean

In September I attended “Getting’ in the Game Junior National Championship” in Phoenix, Arizona. This was my second time attending the JNC playing baseball.  On the first day we had practice at the Mountain Vista Complex. We worked on pitching, fielding and batting. I received some great tips from my coaches Jesse Schrader and Pete Dyson. It was a refresher for me since I took a year off from baseball this year.  It felt great to be back out there on the baseball field! The next day was competition day and we went to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. The baseball field was amazing. It was cool to play on the same field that the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies practice on. I even got to watch the Diamondbacks practice after our competition. During the batting competition your name and home town were on the Jumbo Tron which was really cool. Later that night was the award ceremony where more than 120 kids all received a participation medal for competing in either baseball, swimming or golf. I was shocked when my name was called for Outstanding Performance Top Baseball Score for my age group. After the awards ceremony we had a dance party with an ice cream bar. I had a good time dancing with my new friends that I had met at the JNC. I would encourage you to apply next year for the Junior National Championship. I had a great time! Thank you Hemophilia of South Carolina for letting me represent our chapter this year.

Cole Dean

Cole Dean

Laithan Johnson

Laithan and his father Charles attended the Junior National Championships sponsored by CSL Behring last month in Phoenix, AZ. Laithan age 8, is a severe Hemophiliac who was representing Hemophilia of South Carolina. The weekend offered the opportunity to participate in one of three sports, Golf, Swimming, or Baseball. Laithan chose golf. Never having golfed before when asked what made him chose golf, he said “I wanted to try something different and something I can do with my Dad”.  This was his first time ever picking up golf clubs other than miniature golf and he ended the weekend being awarded most improved. Laithan added, “the weekend was awesome, but really hot. Over 100 degrees. The pool was cool and had a fun water slide”. While golfing Laithan was able to get first hand instruction from professional golfer Perry Parker. Charles said that the weekend was great for the parents that chaperoned their kids as well. “It was really great to see these kids ages 7 to 18 coming together and not letting their bleeding disorder affect their playing sports. It always feels good to see how the kid’s confidence goes up when with other people sharing a similar disease. It’s like any barriers they may normally have come down, both physically and emotionally. Talking to other parents during meals and while the kids were participating was nice also. Sharing stories and experiences is always meaningful.” As for Laithan, he left the weekend wanting to play more golf and intends to have his Dad take him to the driving range back home. He would love to go back next year if given the opportunity.

Cole Dean

Laithan and Dad