Champions of Character


The Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor in various athletics programs throughout Fairfax County. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to restore the ennobling tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship and community service.

Each year, youth, coaches and parents are nominated from athletics programs from around the county to receive this prestigious honor. Honorees are recognized for having demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Awards are presented by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Athletic Council.

See the 2015 Champions of Character Award Honorees

For questions about the Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards program, please contact the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at 703-324-5533, TTY 711.

Nominate an Athlete, Coach or Parent

Nominations for the 2016 Champions of Character are now being accepted. All nominations are due by August 1, 2016.

Anyone can nominate a player, coach or parent for consideration of a Champions of Character Award. Simply complete and return the Nomination Form by mail to the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035-1115; or by fax at 703-324-5546. The nomination should clearly illustrate how the candidate has demonstrated one or more of the appropriate criteria of consideration:

ATHLETE NOMINEE should be a Fairfax County resident, age 18 or younger, 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.

A COACH NOMINEE should be Fairfax County resident 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;
  • Recognizing the efforts of individual team members;
  • Motivating teams and individuals in a positive manner;
  • Focusing on long term goals, not just win/loss records;
  • Promoting the concept that success is measured by individual and team effort, not by a scoreboard;
  • Imparting knowledge and love of the game to the team in a positive manner; and/or
  • Taking responsibility for the behavior of self, team, and parents.

A PARENT NOMINEE should be a Fairfax County resident who has demonstrated outstanding strength of character while:

  • Being respectful to players, coaches, and game officials;
  • Treating all players, coaches and parents fairly;
  • Recognizing the efforts of individual team members and opposing team members;
  • Motivating parents, teams, coaches and fans in a positive manner;
  • Promoting the concept that success is measured by individual and team effort, not by a scoreboard;
  • Demonstrating good sportsmanship by approving and applauding good team play, individual skill and good sportsmanship exhibited by players and coaches on both teams; and/or
  • Accepting volunteer roles to improve the communication and the needs of the coach and team.

Youth Team 


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