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VYS TOPSoccer Volunteers Becca Benson and Megan Kenny
Receive Fairfax County Champions of Character Award for Outstanding Service
VIENNA, VA – October 21, 2013 – Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) is proud to announce Fairfax County Athletic Council’s and Neighborhood and Community services recognition of the outstanding efforts of two dedicated TOPSoccer volunteers, Becca Benson and Megan Kenny.
The Champions of Character Awards recognize youth, coaches and parents for their extraordinary service in going above and beyond in demonstrating good sportsmanship and positive character in youth sports in Fairfax County.
Becca Benson and Megan Kenny were nominated by VYS as they meet FCAC’ criteria for outstanding youth who “have demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.” Since 2009, Becca and Megan have volunteered as Buddies for VYS’ TOPSoccer program, a community-based training program designed to bring the opportunity of playing and learning soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability.
According to Bob Zadeh, TOPSoccer Director for VYS, “Every Saturday afternoon during the season, Becca and Megan show up with lots of love and energy to help disabled players enjoy the game of soccer. Off the field, these outstanding volunteers demonstrated their commitment to the TOPSoccer program by devoting their time to develop a Buddies Training Manual, posted on the VYS website, to teach others who may want to be a Buddy.”
Becca and Megan’s enthusiasm and passion as dedicated volunteers is infectious. They have found ways to make the game fun and educational for players with even the most severe disabilities and their efforts have made a difference in the lives of many children in our community.
From Left to Right: Bob Zadeh, VYS TOPSoccer Director; Megan Kenny; Becca Benson; Margaret Kerfoot, VYS President
Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS): Established in 1974, VYS’mission is to provide the opportunity for children of all abilities living in and near Vienna to be involved in a high-quality soccer experience. With over 3500 players each season, VYS is committed to creating a positive culture in which coaches, parents, fans, officials and players have the tools and training to work together to achieve our mission. www.vys.org