Daniel Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University has received the 2014 Detroit PAL Varner/Tenbusch Game Changer award. Gould accepted the award at Detroit PAL’s 2014 MVP Awards on Feb. 13 at the Detroit Athletic Club.
Given to those individuals who work or volunteer to improve the lives of young people in the city of Detroit, the award honors those working for positive change. The award is named after Detroit PAL’s founding partners Dan Varner and Mike Tenbusch, both active members of organization’s board.
“The award was given to me, but really belongs to the ISYS staff,” Gould said. “It belongs to those who have worked on various aspects of the Detroit PAL project over the last eight years.”
Gould and the ISYS staff have worked with Detroit PAL since 2006, to establish and develop its IMPACT coaching program and curriculum. Previously, ISYS hosted Detroit PAL’s entire athletic team for a two-day retreat — all in an effort to support the organization in developing Detroit’s youth through sports.
The partnership was also honored in 2013 with MSU’s Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership award.