VACAVILLE — They say no good deed goes unpunished. Sometimes they get rewarded.
For volunteering as tutors and mentors with The Leaven, a Fairfield-based religious organization that operates tutoring centers in low-income neighborhoods, the Vacaville Christian School boys soccer team was selected as the fall 2012 honoree of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Dick Nelson Community Service Award.
The Falcons will receive a banner and $500, with representatives from the school and team to be honored at the section’s Board of Managers meeting on Wednesday.
According to a release by the SJS, the Falcons have initiated a program called “The Three S’s,” which stands for summer, soccer and success.
“Two team leaders organized two summer soccer camps, open to all, and included more than 150 hours of soccer camp and tutoring work,” the release said. “This work included not only tutoring in school-related subjects, but also how to eat healthier, providing day care and after-school meals. After the camps and tutoring, The Leaven invited the Vacaville Christian team to assist in a grand opening of one of its centers.”
“The Leaven is currently planning to open a seventh center in Vacaville and they have approached the soccer team to help build the program,” VCS Principal Janet Fogh said in the release. “These outstanding young men have, time and time again, given their time and talents and have been superb role models for these disadvantaged youth.”
Vacaville Christian is the first of three teams to be honored by the SJS for community service this school year.
The Falcons were also winners in competition last fall, finishing third in the Sierra Delta League before advancing to the SJS Division VII semifinals.
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