Two members of the Firebirds family were honored with prestigious Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards at a ceremony on October 15. The awards, presented by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, are awarded to individuals who demonstrate “extraordinary service in the athletic community while modeling the basic traits of good character.” Dave Wilsey won the Mt. Vernon District Coach award. His nomination stated that Coach Wilsey “has been very instrumental in developing girls fastpitch softball in Northern Virginia, specifically with NVGSA as a parent, volunteer, and coach since 2006…. Under his guidance, the Firebirds win with humility and lose with dignity.” Coach Wilsey has coached at all levels of the Firebirds program and is currently a coach for the 14U-Knapp team. Victoria Centineo won the Springfield District female athlete award. Currently a freshman at the University of Virginia (and unable to attend the ceremony), Coach Centineo spent her senior year not only playing for Robinson Secondary School, but serving as an assistant coach for the Firebirds 12U-Meyer team. Her nomination cited her extensive community service and that “she respects the sport and the efforts that her team puts forth to improve their individual and team performances.” Congratulations to Coaches Wilsey and Centineo for exemplifying what it truly means to be a Firebird. It is not too early to nominate Firebird players, coaches, and parents for 2019 Champions of Character Awards. See here for more information and the nomination form.