BAR HARBOR — The new face of Acadian Youth Sports (AYS) will be a familiar one to Mount Desert Island families. Kyle McKim, an alumnus of MDI High School and all of the Acadia Little League, Acadian Football league and Acadian Basketball Association programs, will be the organization’s first executive director beginning this summer.
Participation in youth sports is “the single greatest teaching tool for a young kid,” McKim said. “So many things can be taught and learned through youth sports. Some of my own best memories are from participating in these programs. The main thing is to help all the kids grow and hopefully have some fun. I’m really excited to see where the program can go.”
To date, the Little League, football and basketball programs have been managed by separate volunteer boards of directors, board chair Tony McKim said. “Given our size and amount of participants we have, our league boards had a strategic planning session where we all agreed to form one board governing all our sports, establish one new organization with appropriate policies and procedures, and hire/create a new position of executive director.”
Tony McKim, Kyle’s father, has been president of each of the three league boards. “I am humbled that our coaches, volunteers and other board members have been able to serve so many kids over the last almost two decades,” he said. “The board is extremely pleased to have someone of Kyle’s caliber in place to lead and be the face of AYS for the future.”
Kyle McKim is finishing his senior year at the University of New Hampshire and expects to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in sports studies. “It’s a versatile degree,” he said. “My focus is in athletic administration, which fits well with this position.”
AYS works closely with the MDI YMCA, Harbor House, Neighborhood House and Camp Beech Cliff on youth programming. “The people at these organizations are very good at what they do,” McKim said. “It’s important for us not to compete but work with them, get and give feedback, and try to create partnerships.”
AYS will continue to offer football for grades 3-8 (Acadian Football League), baseball and softball for ages 6-16, (Acadian Little League, including Farm League, Junior League and Senior League) and basketball for grades 7-8 (Acadian Basketball Association).
The AYS board of directors includes officers, delegates from each of the four MDI towns and one focused on each sport. They are Tony McKim, Katy Lawson, Brenda Fernald, Jon Nicholson, Andy Shea, Margie Phelps, David Gray, John Doyle, Peter Swanson, Wyman Tapley, Kelton Hallett, Nick Grant, Peiter Devos and Maria Candage.