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Return to Play - Getting Youth Safely Back to Sports

GNCU and Reno Aces Community Partner ProgramGreater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), Greater Nevada Field and The Reno Aces are helping local youth sports hit the fields and the courts once again. Return to Play is an awareness program and safety curriculum for parents, coaches and young athletes. The program leverages knowledge gained from the successful return of professional sports to create a culture of personal responsibility for the safe return of youth sports. 

Youth sports are proven to positively impact children’s lives both on and off the field. Children who participate in sports exhibit better mental and physical health and show greater confidence and sportsmanship. The Return to Play program offers guidance for how to safely manage youth sports during COVID-19 and minimize risk of transmission so that children may experience these benefits again. The initiative focuses on preventing viral spread during all aspects of youth sports, from safety preparations to training to game days and everything in between.

“Young people belong at play to give them the best opportunity to develop into positive, productive and happy adults,” said Greater Nevada Credit Union president and CEO Wally Murray. “GNCU is proud to partner with the Reno Aces in support of the Return to Play initiative because we sincerely believe our community can foster an environment that encourages our children to resume healthy physical activities while also remaining diligent in our efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.”


Parents, coaches and athletes can find resources and educational materials to safely Return to Play here.



On March 11, 2021, Reno Aces President Eric Edelstein, COO Doug Raftery, and Lance Ferrato from the City of Reno held a webinar to answer questions from community members regarding a safe return to youth sports. You can watch the recording here: