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Congratulations to Matthew Boster and Gabby Goerke!

Each year Fairfax County accepts nominations for "Champions of Character" Awards.  This year Matthew Boster and Gabby Goerke was nominiated and selected as the Lee District Male and Female Athlete Champion of Character.  Well deserved!  Congratulations to both!

Background

The Fairfax County Athletic Council (FCAC) is pleased to announce the tenth annual Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards. This awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor. The program’s aim is to help restore the ennobling tradition of amateur athletic competition. Despite the attention that poor behavior and bad sportsmanship attracts, there are plenty of positive role models and examples of players, parents, and coaches who demonstrate positive character in sports. The FCAC invites you to nominate outstanding youth and adults who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Youth and adults participating in any county sports league, including interscholastic sports, will be invited to be recognized at a ceremony in October 2011, during National Character Counts Month. Champions of Character award winners will receive plaques of recognition and be listed in the program book. The awards will be presented by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the FCAC at the October 2011 ceremony.

Eligibility

An ATHLETE NOMINEE should be a Fairfax County resident, age 18 or younger, or over 18 for the adult athlete category, who has demonstrated outstanding strength of character by:

  • Being respectful to opponents and game officials;
  • Treating all team players fairly, giving attention to all players regardless of skill level;
  • Giving respect and consideration to other team members;
  • Helping teammates with words of encouragement and inspiration;
  • Playing true to the spirit and rules of the game, and promoting friendly competition;
  • Exhibiting courage in defeat, and moderation in victory;
  • Showing a willingness to sacrifice personal goals for those of the team; and/or
  • Giving back to the team or program by helping out when able.

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