Congratulations to Annandale native and soccer phenom, Amanda Cromwell. Amanda is now the head coach of UCLA women’s soccer. Tonight, her team plays in the women’s college semifinal game.
This isn’t her first time in the limelight. Eight months after being hired on Apr. 12, 2013 as the fifth head coach in UCLA women’s soccer history, Cromwell led her team to the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship. In six seasons as UCLA head coach, she has taken her teams to two College Cups, four quarterfinals and five Round of 16 appearances.
Cromwell was an inaugural member of the Annandale High School Athletic Hall of Fame and attended the University of Virginia. She was the captain of the 1991 Cavaliers team that advanced to the Final Four. She was also a two-time All-America selection, a finalist for the 1991 Hermann Trophy and a four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree. She played for the US team and is in the DC/Virginia Soccer Hall of Fame.
ABGC wishes Amanda the best of luck tonight as UCLA plays at 6:30 (PT) tonight against Stanford in the women’s college cup semifinals. You can watch it on ESPNU.
Save the date and plan on joining us at the area’s most popular Christmas tree lot on Friday, November 29th! Bring this ABGC Christmas Tree Flyer with you and receive $10 off any tree. Our selection this year is, once again, among the best in the area at prices you can’t beat. Our tree selection this year includes Fraser Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, ConColor Fir and Norway Spruce.
Not only will you find terrific trees at a great price but your purchases also support ABGC programs in our community.
It’s been said, “Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.” ABGC is proud to introduce you to two young players who’ve proven their character on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Both were honored this week as Fairfax County 2019 Champions of Character.
Nathan Albergottie, a 16-year-old junior at Falls Church High school, has participated in the ABGC soccer program for 12 years. He’s a team player first, who strives to help his teammates and classmates with group projects for school, volunteering in the community or on the soccer pitch. Nathan has also volunteered with the Rise Against Hunger organization within his church and has provided volunteer time in the ABGC office. He is a young man who finds opportunities to mentor younger athletes and inspires them to success. Nathan uses his experiences to enhance the lives of those around him, all while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Jennifer Soto fell in love with soccer when playing with ABGC in the third grade and continued to play in various recreational leagues throughout high school. As a recent graduate of Justice High School, Jennifer credits her love for mentoring young athletes to her time with ABGC. Jennifer began coaching her brother’s U10 team in 2017 and continues to do so today. Through that experience, Jennifer discovered her passion for coaching and working with athletes. Jennifer will undoubtedly continue to demonstrate her Champion of Character pedigree as she continues her education at George Mason University.
Long-time Annandale Boys & Girls Club coach, commissioner and volunteer, Gary Wright, will be honored October 1st by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services as the 2019 Mason District Champion of Character. Gary was nominated as a parent who “always exemplifies superb sportsmanship and character in youth sports.”
Gary coached his first ABGC team more than 20 years ago, when his family first moved to Annandale and his daughter played Mighty Mites soccer and continued until this year when his son’s high school basketball played their final game. After coaching rec and travel basketball, soccer, t-ball and lacrosse for both boys and girls’ programs, Gary ultimately served as an ABGC commissioner for multiple sports and co-managed the Annandale Youth Lacrosse program for 3 years. Long after his children aged-out, Gary has continued to volunteer his time. Over the years, Gary has been a strong advocate for programs like the Positive Coaching Alliance and a firm believer that youth sports when managed well — meaning players play, coaches mentor and parents cheer from the sidelines – can have a tremendously positive impact on young lives.
ABGC offers our heartfelt congratulations to Gary!
If you weren’t able to participate in Giant Food’s new Community Bag and Giving Tag program during the month of July (we know the summer gets busy!) Giant and ABGC are teaming up again in October.
Every month, a new non-profit is chosen to be the beneficiary of the Community Bag. Attached to the Community Bag is the Giving Tag, which allows the shopper to direct the $1 purchase donation to any cause of their choice. ABGC is proud to have been chosen to participate in again starting next week.
ABGC is the oldest youth club in the state of Virginia and serves more than 5,000 athletes and families each year with community-based clinics, camps, and special events. Every reusable Community bag purchased at Annandale’s Columbia Pike Giant store helps us continue our service to the community.
The Annandale Parade is a terrific family event each fall. We hope you’ll join AGBC there.
The Annandale Boys & Girls Club is excited to be chosen as the beneficiary of Giant Food’s new Community Bag and Giving Tag program during the month of July.
Every month, a new non-profit is chosen to be the beneficiary of the Community Bag. Attached to the Community Bag is the Giving Tag, which allows the shopper to direct the $1 purchase donation to any cause of their choice. ABGC is proud to have been chosen to participate in July.
ABGC is the oldest youth club in the state of Virginia and serves more than 5,000 athletes and families each year with community-based clinics, camps and special events. Every reusable Community bag purchased at Annandale’s Columbia Pike Giant store helps us continue our service to the community.
We hope the Annandale Boys & Girls Club community will join us next weekend at the DC United vs San Jose Earthquakes game as ABGC’s President, Kip Germain, will be recognized along with his Washington Diplomats teammates.
ABGC’s legacy in the metro area’s soccer community is long and deep and we are excited to be a part of this special event.
Saturday, June 1
Registration is now open for the Annandale Boys and Girls Club Fall Football program. Don’t delay — sign up your player today.
Practices start in August.
Download 2019 ABGC Football Flyer
The Annandale Boys & Girls Club is once again selling nursery-grown, freshly-cut Christmas trees to benefit our many ABGC community programs. We have a generous selection of Fraser Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, ConColor Fir, and Norway Spruce is big at terrific prices. Best of all, you know your purchase helps fund terrific community programs and tens of thousands of dollars in youth scholarships provided to ABGC families each year.
ABGC Christmas Tree Lot
4251 John Marr Drive in Annandale
(in the K-Mart parking lot at the corner of Little River Turnpike and John Marr Drive)
Open Weekdays: 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Weekends: 9:30am – 9:30pm
Bring this flyer and get $10 off.
Here are just a few of the winter programs your purchase helps support:
Youth Basketball: Registration is now open for Kindergarten through Grade 12. Teams are neighborhood concept by grade level, and everyone is guaranteed to play half or more of every game.
Wrestling: Register now for ABGC’s youth wrestling program. It’s for ages 6-14 and runs from November through February each winter. The program is designed for both novice and advanced wrestlers.
Call 703-941-ABGC (2242) Monday through Friday 3:00 – 7:00 PM or Saturday 9-12 noon for details on any of our many ABGC programs including spring soccer, coach pitch baseball, tee-ball, football, cheerleading, boxing, field hockey, and lacrosse. Or go to abgc.org for more information.