Douglas Pop Warner President Jim Valentine was named the unsung hero of the year by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night.
Valentine has participated in the program for more than 20 years. "Working with the Pop Warner program, Jim is in his element," Chamber Executive Director Bill Chernock said in introducing him. "Jim focuses on what the Pop Warner program can do to help families. He as the vision and knowledge that recognizes that we can only change the world if we change our own small portion of it in any way we can."
Valentine received at least 40 nominations from people all over the Valley in the annual Carson Valley Community Awards.
He was honored at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Authority's annual gala.
Jim and spent over 20 years as a tireless leader locally for Pop Warner Little Scholars in Carson Valley. He has also spent an equal amount of time serving Northern Nevada football players and cheerleaders league wide as Vice President of Sagebrush Empire Pop Warner.
It's true that there are many of us who have also devoted time and energy over the years to build the wonderful model program that DPW has become.
This is definitely a team endeavor; we teach team we are team! Yet, from the early early days Jimmy had a vision and a goal to create a value driven organization that would inspire our young athletes to always do their best ... on and off the field.
His enthusiasm and burning desire to make Douglas Pop Warner the best youth sports organization ever has set a standard that has literally catapulted our small town community football league onto the radar screen statewide, conference wide, and nationwide.
Our boys and girls have competed with the best of the best academically and athletically and gone right to the top. Our program has been the model for similar organizations all over the western conference. Our coaches are admired and ranked as the best of the best - for their winning records yes, but most importantly for the integrity and sportsmanship they impart on our young charges.
Over the past 20+ years Douglas Pop Warner has served 5,000+ boys and girls. We like to say that we not only help the kids but that we help families too. We all know story after story about people whose lives have been touched through our "Tiger Family".
This has truly been a sustained effort for us all ... we all should be proud! I believe that it's all been made the better by the inspiration and commitment to excellence that Jimmy has held us to through his lofty ideals and the pure love he has for what we all do.
Jim deserves to be recognized and thanked for his tremendous dedication and leadership. We are all the better for participating in Jimmy's great passion.