Athletic Services & Community Use Scheduling

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Karen Avvisato,

Champions of Character

Champions of CharacterThe Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor on and off the field of competition. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to support the ennobling tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship and community service.

Awards are presented to a male and female athlete, coach and parent in each supervisory district for having demonstrated extraordinary service in the athletic community while modeling the basic traits of good character: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Citizenship and Fairness.

2019 Champions of Character Recipients

Champions of Character Awards

2021 Champions of Character Awards

Now accepting Champions of Character nominations for 2021.

Nominate your Coaches, Parents and Youth Athletes Online Today!

Deadline is December 15, 2021. Awards are tentatively set for early February 2022.

Nominate an Athlete, Coach or Parent

Anyone may nominate an athlete, coach or parent for consideration of a Champions of Character Award by following this simple process:

  • **New ONLINE Submission**
  • Print and Submit
    • Print and complete the Nomination Application 
    • Return the application with the requested 150-200 word nomination narrative to Neighborhood and Community Services
      • by Mail: 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
      • by Fax: 703-324-5546

Sample Award Nomination Submission:

Judy Jay has spent the last 10+ years growing women's soccer in Fairfax County. Judy demonstrates the tenets of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, and Fairness in the following ways: (1) Responsibility: Every season Judy sets up numerous pre-season events to get new players acclimated to the league. She handles their liability releases and ensures that the new players feel welcomed, (2) Caring: Judy cares about every player’s experience. She puts players on teams where they are comfortable with the other players reflective to the style/speed/skill level of play, (3) Trustworthiness: Judy exemplifies trustworthiness having held multiple positions on the soccer board over the past 10 years while fulfilling her responsibilities, (4) Citizenship: Judy attends county and Athletic Board meetings representing the league and even has a park field named after her due to her efforts, and (5) Fairness: Judy ensures that every player is treated fairly and given the opportunity to play at the level that best allows them to have a great experience. Judy exemplifies a Champion of Character because she loves the sport, and she loves the athletes that participate in it.


Video: Past Awards Ceremonies

Fairfax Virtual Assistant