The West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association (WJYAA) recognized a few volunteers during a recent board meeting.
The WJYAA has offered youth sports in West Jefferson since the late 1960s, in earlier years it was optimistic. They are an all-volunteer 501c3 youth sports organization recognized by the IRS which provides youth sports and other activities for children within and outside the area.
“The WJYAA has a 13-member advisory board which oversees the various programs and manages the operations of the organization. It really is a huge operation and it takes every spare moment you can give as a volunteer to make it run great,” said John Stanley. “We would like to see more folks get involved. A lot of folks are bashful and think that they will impose, or their help is not needed unless they are asked. We need all the help we can get. The most important thing in a youth organization is the kids. You got to emphasize focus all that you do, for the kids.”
The WJYAA has over a 150 various volunteers which coach the various youth sport programs. The organization offers basketball, baseball, T-ball, softball, lacrosse, spring and fall soccer, football, cheerleading, volleyball, and WJYAA Running of the Ox 5k. WJYAA has 50 faithful businesses or local sponsor and donors that they are ever so appreciative of which, whenever we ask, they step forward as they can.
WJYAA said its going to start doing a better job recognizing the volunteers and the sponsors and donors. Not only does it need their participants, WJYAA needs volunteers to run the organization and they need volunteers and sponsors and donors to stay afloat.
WJYAA recently recognized Anthony Shuster for being the Volunteer of the Year 2017 for WJYAA. He participated in the program when he was younger, now he has volunteered more than 75 hours for 2016 and again in 2017 at the various football and basketball events. Every chance he had he was out helping manicure the grounds to ensure they looked free from trash. He also helped out at basketball events and helped stocking and restocking the inventory for concession stands. It seemed like he was volunteering for WJYAA.
WJYAA also recognized Steve and Richard Clark and Nathan Armentrout.
When someone posted in the fall on Facebook that a building at the Jack Rock McDowell complex was vandalized, WJYAA volunteers stepped up and painted the building. Several weeks ago, someone wrote all over the side of the building again. Steve, Richard Clark and Nathan Armentrout were first on the scene to pick up a roller or paint brush to paint over the graffiti.
According to WJYAA, the village has done a lot to keep the grounds nice.
The WJYAA acknowledges the value of volunteers and truly understands this community would not have such a first-class recreation program without dedicated volunteers. The coaches and volunteers or other support from volunteers like Shuster or community volunteers like Nathan Armentrout or Steve or Richard Clark are just some of the hundreds of volunteers WJYAA need in the Association throughout the year.
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