We are extremely proud to announce that Crystal Marie-Haney, Danielle Mudge and Trevor Johnson are winners of the Fairfax County "Champions of Character" awards!
The Champions of Character program aims to help restore the ennobling tradition of amateur athletic competition. The awards pay tribute to the 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.
The Champions of Character event, which coincides with National Character Counts Month, is presented by the FCAC with help from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and is sponsored this year by TD Bank. Honorees were selected from those nominated by coaches, players and others in the local sports community. Awards are presented to one winner in each category—female player, male player, coach, parent— from each magisterial district in the county.
Trevor Johnson (Not Pictured)
Trevor Johnson is an 8th grader at Franklin Middle School and has been playing basketball since he was a toddler. He has played for Chantilly Youth Association since the 1st grade and began playing FCYBL Travel basketball in 4th grade. As a member of CYA's division 1 travel team for the last few years, Trevor has set an example of exceptional character, sportsmanship, and competitiveness. He is a leader on the floor in rebounds, blocks, and scoring. He gives 100 percent in practice and games, always striving to improve his skills. But more importantly, Trevor believes that the only way to win is for all the players to work together. He goes the extra mile to make sure everyone on the floor is involved and always encourages teammates, while often sacrificing his own opportunity to score. Regardless of the outcome, you can't miss the huge smile on his face when he is with his teammates. Off the court, Trevor is a leader in the classroom, is a member of NJHS, and the recipient of student recognition awards at Franklin MS. A true Champion of Character indeed.
CYA Cheer Coach Crystal Marie-Haney is a perfectionist and competitive by nature, with a powerful athletic background. As a cheer parent, Crystal recognized the untapped potential in the girls. Thus, after observing the program for a year, Crystal decided to coach and bring CYA Cheerleading to the next level. She immediately earned the girls respect and decided to take the girls talents to the competition mat. When the sideline season ended, Crystal worked tirelessly (while going to college and maintaining a 4.0 GPA) to develop a routine worthy of a competition. It takes hours to build a competition routine to include: hours of searching through data bases of qualified music choices, cutting pieces of the music into a mix that meets the meets competition guidelines, and possessing an intimate knowledge of each athlete’s skill level to maximize the girl’s talents. With Coach Crystal’s leadership and guidance, every athlete challenged themselves resulting in two first place CYA titles for their division. Crystal isn’t just a coach, but a big cup of wonderful covered in awesome sauce with a splash of sassy and a dash of crazy. CYA is proud to honor her as a Champion of Character.
CYA Cheer Parents often sit at practices to watch their athletes and chat with other parents. When volunteers are needed to assist in the program, there may be some resistance and hesitancy. CYA Cheer has the luxury that when coaches are shorthanded, one can call upon Danielle to step in and assist. Danielle hasn’t missed a single practice or game; she is simply a wonderful, reliable parent that has never been asked or forced into service for CYA. Danielle has designed and executed fundraising ventures for CYA Cheer, assisted the coaches with communication procedures, and made over 100 cheer bows for the sideline and competition squads. Although she doesn’t have a title or role in the program, Danielle will always go above and beyond as a cheer parent. That’s her true character and we are proud that Danielle is a part of the CYA family!