SYA Little League Citizenship Award is awarded annually to three of our players, based on not just what they do on the field but off. These players highlight the best SYA Little League has to offer, as like every year it is a difficult decision on selections. Congratulations to the players of 2020.
The 2020 SYA Softball Citizenship Award was presented to Kendall Artone on July 18th. The award is presented annually to highlight and promote off-the-field accomplishments of players in our youth softball community. Kendall's accomplishments include being a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a member of the Virginia Bluebell Chapter of the National Charity League (“NCL”), a mother-daughter philanthropic organization that focuses on community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. She is the current VP of Philanthropy for the class of 2024 and worked on the annual Thanksgiving event at Women Giving Back. When she puts her mind to something, she does everything she can to make things happen! Congratulations to Kendall (pictured with her Mother Karen Artone).
The 2020 SYA East Baseball Citizenship Award was presented to Kees Yashko on July 21st. The award is presented annually to highlight and promote off-the-field accomplishments of players in our youth baseball community. Kees has worked on several projects in the region including laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, construction of free libraries in the Little Rocky Run community, preservation work at a local nature center, work with Boys and Girls Club, and gathering and distribution of food to help support local families. Kees is a thoughtful teammate and a role model for his peers. Congratulations to Kees Yashko (pictured from left to right are Regina Johnson Player Agent, Father Greg Yashko, Kees Yashko and Mother Kristin Yashko).
The 2020 SYA West Baseball Citizenship Award will be presented to Jacob Brubaker as a leader on the field and off the field. He shows character and leadership with all the projects he takes on. Jake was Treasurer of the SCA and led the school with their Pennies for Patients project. He also assisted in making the Giving Tree, where the entire school donated items to be given to those less fortunate in the community. He has played the violin for the last three years and was given the Solo Spotlight award for a winning performance at his concert. Jake has also been an SCA representative for his classrooms where he has contributed to school celebrations, such as preparing the Thanksgiving tables for the annual Thanksgiving banquet. Jacob also participates in chorus, bus patrol, and the news crew at Bull Run Elementary School. Jake is an active participant in the Club for Young Gentleman, led by one of his teachers. This club helps prepare young men for their future in school and beyond. Lastly, Jacob has been a greeter at his church for holiday events. Congratulations to Jacob Brubaker (pictured from left to right are Jacob Brubaker, Father Scott Brubaker).