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!