By Chris Bavender
The Community Foundation of Boone County is accepting nominations for the 2019 Lionel Dubay Youth Sports Award. The award was endowed in 1993 by Lionel Dubay’s wife, Gwen, his friends and community donations to honor him eight years after he died in a car accident in 1985.
“He was a vital, active parent and supporter of youth sports in Zionsville,” said Julie Reagan, development and communications director for the CFBC. “Every year, the awardee chooses a nonprofit organization that benefits youth sports in the community to receive a grant of $450.”
The winner also receives a plaque.
Nominees can represent any area of youth sports and should be someone who has made an “ongoing commitment or significant contribution to youth sports in Zionsville.”
“Any coach, team mom, active supporter, etc.,” Reagan said. “Anyone who has made an ongoing commitment to youth sports in the Zionsville community.”
The 2018 recipient was youth sports coach Eric Bradley. His nomination letter noted his tireless work “to improve the experience that kids have playing recreational team sports around Zionsville. He is constantly coaching to help make sure that everyone is having fun and learning how to play the sport in a safe manner with good sportsmanship at the forefront.”
Bradley chose the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association as the grant recipient.
“This is such a wonderful award and we love giving back to the community and the ones who are passionate about helping our youth with sports, in honor of Lionel,” Reagan said.
The deadline to submit a nomination is March 29. Completed nomination forms should be sent to Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or to 102 N. Lebanon St., Suite 200, Lebanon, IN 46052. For more and to view the nomination form, visit communityfoundationbc.org/lionel-dubay-youth-sports-award-2019/.