ABGC Celebrate Golden Gloves Winner

The Annandale Boys & Girls Club had the privilege to host the Virginia/North Carolina Golden Gloves Tournament in March.  This event is the most prestigious in amateur boxing.  Bobby Magruder, the Golden Gloves Regional Chairman, dedicated the tournament to ABGC’s founder and former Washington, D.C. Golden Gloves Champion, Everett Germain.

We hosted three action-packed days of young men and women, boys and girls, who competed with the ultimate goal of being crowned Golden Glove Champions.  When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, the Annandale Boys & Girls Club boxing team added another name to its long list of amateur champions.  Mikhail Hussain walked away with the gold medal in his age and weight division.

ABGC Boxing Champion Mikhail Hussain

Annandale Golden Gloves Winner Mikhail Hussain


The Golden Gloves organization and ABGC boxing share the philosophy that there were no losers in this year’s event.  Many of those competing are at-risk youth learning important life skills and striving to be all that they can be.  In fact, ABGC boxing – in the spirit of Everett Germain – takes pride in the many young people who’ve used their boxing life-experiences to find their way toward college in addition to those who became professional boxers. ABGC has developed many good professional boxers including, Zain “Tiger” Shah, Tod “White Lightning” Wilson and Edgar “El Tigre” Torres.   ABGC is proud of our boxers, including our latest Golden Glove winner.

For more information on the Annandale Boxing program go to our website and stay tuned for more details on a major event being planned for the fall.

ABGC Football Registration is OPEN

Online Registration for the popular Annandale Boys and Girls Club Football program is now open.  You can sign-up online or in person at the ABGC office at 4216 Annandale Road.

Practice begins August 7th 6:00-8:00 pm on fields at Braddock Road Elementary and Ossian Hall Park.

Get a head-start by attending our free football camp July 31-August 4th.

Please share this flyer with your friends and neighbors and we look forward to seeing you on the football field this fall!  Contact ABGC Football Commissioner Robert Meadows (contact info on the flyer below) if you have any questions.



Alumni News


  • ABGC had an MLS Draft pick in Los Angeles –  Congratulations to Lars Eckenrode our former player, who starts his professional career with Toronto FC. He was the 17th draft pick in round 4.
  • Marcia McDermott won the NSCAA Women’s Committee Award of Excellence
  • Larry Greene is inducted into the DC/VA Hall of Fame at 2/11 VYSA Gala (posthumously)

Are You Ready for some Soccer?

Commissioners’ Meeting for Mitey Mites – 4th Grade

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7pm, at the ABGC Office Conference Room

It’s Time for Annandale Lacrosse

Welcome to the 2017 Annandale Youth Lacrosse Season

Registration is open for all players in the Annandale, Falls Church, J.E.B Stuart, Lake Braddock and Woodson High School pyramid.

Sign up now because assessments are just weeks away.


BOYS LACROSSE:  January 28th, February 4th and February 11th at South Run Field House

We will be starting up assessments on January 28th, February 4th and February 11th at South Run Indoor Facility so go to our website and REGISTER NOW!

If you have not registered and paid, your son will not be allowed to participate.

For those of you who are new to the program, the assessments allow the coaches to place your son on the appropriate team for their knowledge, skills and abilities. We will have coaches filling out forms on fundamental skills and then we take those evaluations and determine teams at the end of the three assessment periods. For your son to get an accurate evaluation it is IMPERATIVE that they attend ALL THREE Assessments!  Remember, every boy will make a team, there are no “cuts” so tell them to relax and have fun.

GIRLS LACROSSE:  January 21st Practices begin, with assessments starting on Week 3.  Kids Choice – Annandale

Saturday Mornings 1/21 – 3/21:

7/8th grade 8 – 9:20am

5/6th grade 9:30 – 10:50am

3/4th grade 11 – 12:20am

K-2  11am – 12pm

This is a indoor facility so sneakers are fine.  We will have some loaner sticks and goggles but YOU MUST have a mouth guard. Assessments (starting week 3) group players of similar similar skill level and competition.  Those who are new to the sport require different attention then those who have been playing longer.  Even if your not trying for the advance team, please try to attend as many practices you can.  The more touches a new player gets the faster they will grow.

For K2 there are no assessments but we will start the learning process.

About the upcoming 2016 Spring season…

We’re looking to another terrific season of lacrosse at Annandale!


ABGC Christmas Trees


The Annandale Boys’ & Girls’ Club annual Christmas tree lot is open for business selling nursery grown, freshly cut Christmas trees from our location on Beauregard Street. The lot is located across the street from the Plaza of Landmark Shopping Center on Little River Turnpike, just west of Route 395.

When: Now until Dec 24th

Open: Monday through Friday 12:30pm – 9pm

Saturday and Sunday 9:30am – 9:00pm

Where: Beauregard Street Lot

What: Fraser Fir, Spruces & Pines

The selection of Fraser Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and Scotch Pine is impressive and the prices are right.

Not only that but your purchases help ensure boys and girls throughout the Annandale area have access to a large variety of quality youth programs focusing on age-appropriate player development that is fun, improves self-esteem, self-confidence, and respect for others.


You Can Make a Difference this Giving Tuesday


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday provides an alternative to shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday,  #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back.

Did you know?  The Annandale Boys & Girls Club offers thousands of scholarships each year to local families, who qualify, to cover registration costs for their young athletes in all of our recreational programs.  For many youth, community programs like ours provide a unique opportunity for kids to make new friends, learn a new sport or activity and be a part of a team. All while having a lot fun, too! However, too many in our community, can’t afford the registration costs

Your donations to the Annandale Boys & Girls Club will help us keep our scholarship program alive. ABGC has proudly committed, over the decades, to ensure that all of our youth have an opportunity to participate, compete and experience the joy of youth sports.  You can make that happen.

There are two ways you can make a difference for a youth athlete at ABGC.

Contribute to our scholarship program. Every dollar contributed to our scholarship program funds the registration fees for qualified Annandale families.


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Buy an ABGC Gift Certificate.  Is there someone in your neighborhood or family you’d like to buy a gift certificate to give as a holiday gift?  Choose any amount gift certificate below.


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You can truly make a difference for a young athlete in our community!

Thank you for your contribution to our GivingTuesday campaign.

Please Think of ABGC as You Shop This Holiday Season


Did you know your holiday dollars can serve double-duty?  

If you’re going to be using Amazon this month please take a moment and name ABGC as your AmazonSmile designated charity.  Your gift giving can also give a gift to the thousands of Annandale youth sponsored by our program each year.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ABGC programs.

How do you shop on Amazon Smile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select ABGC when shopping on AmazonSmile?

 On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Annandale Boys and Girls Club (ABGC) from the non-profit menu of choices to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

 Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Your AmazonSmile donations help pay for ABGC’s many community programs and thousands of scholarships we offer each season to qualified families.


Did You Know?

Many, many young athletes have passed through our doors over ABGC’s many decades serving our community.  Here’s a quick look at just a few you might recognize:

Tyler Durbin is a kicker for #6 Ohio State football,

Eryk Williamson plays soccer for #1 University of Maryland men’s soccer, and

Bill Hamid is a soccer pro who played goalie for USA against New Zealand in an International Soccer Friendly and then led DC United into the MLS playoffs.

ABGC’s webmaster, Joe Carlin, and Club President, Kip Germain, were honored this month on the 40th anniversary of the William and Mary men’s soccer team winning the Southern Conference Championship.   ABGC also has 3 men’s and women’s players who play soccer at William and Mary.


ABGC’s Champions of Character


So many wonderful people have passed through our doors at the Annandale Boys & Girls Club over the decades – parents, players, coaches and volunteers.  While they all deserve our thanks and gratitude for their commitment to Annandale’s youth, there is a special group that has earned extra kudos this year.  They are the 2016 Fairfax County Champions of Character.

We are so thrilled to have each of these honorees represent ABGC and want you to meet them too:

Parents: Daniele and Diana Albergottie

 It takes a lot of time, energy, patience and love to be the parent of a youth athlete these days.  Daniele and Diana Albergottie have all of that times 4! They’ve volunteered, coached, and been program commissioners during the many years their four sons participated in ABGC athletics. Diana even played at ABGC in her youth, in both the “house” and travel league programs.  Here is a brief excerpt from their nomination letter:

“Daniele and Diana raised four sons, the oldest now 22 years old in college and the youngest is 13 years old playing on an ABGC U16 Boys Team. All of the kids exhibit the same respect to all persons, regardless of their gender, race, or religion. They began coaching or assisting with soccer teams 17 years ago, and have been active in the soccer teams of all their sons. In addition to coaching or administrative duties, they have also insured that all the players had rides to games and exhibited good conduct. Both Daniele & Diana have stated to their teams to always be respectful, play a “clean game”, and that they would rather forfeit a game than play, if they thought the team was exhibiting poor sportsmanship.

 In addition to coaching or administrating multiple teams, Daniele and Diana volunteered with ABGC whenever anything was needed. They would ref, help with end of season soccer festivals, stuff “goodie bags” for soccer festivals, serve at the ABGC office to translate to individuals that speak Spanish, and even help move “stuff” when the ABGC office moved to its Annandale Rd. location. They are always friendly and welcoming to everyone. In short, they have provided invaluable service to ABGC.”

Coach: Khaled Fayyad

For many parents, turning their young athletes over to the hands of a youth coach they’ve probably never even met can be a difficult experience.  Is the coach a “screamer”? Will he/she nurture the athletes’ love for the sport or scare them away?  The fact that 70% of kids quit youth sports by the age of 13 shows there is a lot of work to be done to improve the youth experience…and coaches are a key component.  At ABGC we are so proud of our coaches and Khaled Fayyed’s selection as a Champion of Character just tells the world what we here at Annandale, already know.  Coaches like Coach K make a difference in the lives of so many young players.

“Coach K changed the way that I, as a skeptical parent, view travel soccer.  He changed the way my daughter views the game of soccer.  And, in a broader sense, he changed the way an entire team of 13-year-old girls view the world.  Yes, Coach K has had that much positive impact on all of our lives.  For Coach K, the goal was never to win.  “If you play to the best of your abilities, winning will take care of itself,” he repeatedly reminded the girls.  He was right, of course. 

 Perhaps the essence of who Coach K is, is most indicative by what he represents above all else: good sportsmanship.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Ask the players and coaches from the other teams, who the past two years in a row nominated and awarded Coach K and his United team the “ODSL Travel Soccer Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Award.”  This kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident two years in a row.  This is a coach who, uniquely, gets the essence of what it means to be a kind coach.  Above all else, Coach K stressed the moral and ethical part of playing hard — never dirty. 

 To be quite honest, Coach K probably spends as much time talking to the girls about the “right” things to do in life as he did talking to them about soccer. He reminded the girls that whatever they do — and wherever they go — the most important thing in life is to always be kind.  Coach K lives by these very words.  And it got me to thinking what the “K” in Coach K’s last name really stands for:  Kindness.”

Player: Virginia Miller

 Team Captain

Annandale United FC Pride U14 Girls NPL/EDP Soccer Team

Between school, clubs, athletics, family and community, our young athletes have very full lives, indeed.  Yet so many, like Annandale’s Virginia Miller, greet each challenge with grace and enthusiasm.  Congratulations to Virginia for her leadership both on and off the soccer field.

“Virginia is not only the team captain for the Annandale United FC Pride soccer team, however she is youth leader in the community.  Over the past two years with AUFC she has demonstrated leadership on and off the field with exemplary unselfishness.  Even with the stress of leading a top ten state ranked soccer team, she finds time to support those in need. Virginia constantly strives to help others through her volunteer efforts and empowering others to join the cause.  She is integral part of the AUFC Pride’s annual food drive events, ‘Kicks for Cans’ and ‘Strive for Five’. She works tirelessly as an on-field mentor, before her own practices, building inspiration and love for the game for younger soccer enthusiasts.

 Most impressively, Virginia recently took it upon herself and initiated the ‘Kelly Strong’ childhood cancer awareness and support effort in Annandale.  Leading her teammates with passionate motivation, she launched an awareness effort to help fight childhood cancer. With a heavy heart she and her teammates energetically played with ‘Kelly Strong’ bands to support her best friend and fellow soccer enthusiast during her ongoing battle with cancer. Virginia is not only an exceptional soccer athlete; she is model young citizen for our community. I eagerly anticipate her continual development as strong leader and model for other young women. She is truly a Champion of Character.”

Player: Bryan Zambrana

 Team Captain

Annandale United U18 Boys 1999 Travel Soccer Team

 Bryan Zambrana has played soccer for 7 years. In addition to being a standout player and captain of the Annandale U18 boys travel soccer team, Bryan has gone out of his way to share his love of the sport with younger players.  Not satisfied with just improving his own play, Bryan also helps at practices with Annandale’s younger teams, serving as a role model and mentor.  Bryan is a senior at Annandale High School. Here is what Bryan’s coaches say about his leadership:

“Bryan has been with the club since he was a young boy, and developed into a fine young man.  He was a shy lad who has grown into a determined captain and leader.  Bryan often attends other teams’ practices to improve and stays late to work on skills and fitness.

 Bryan is a central midfielder who holds the ball up well and is the start of a solid attack, playing one and two touch. He is very coachable and has also become a coach and mentor to younger players in the club, often arriving early at practice to work with younger players.

Bryan will graduate this year from Annandale HS and is currently looking at playing overseas in Spain or collegiately in Virginia.”

Bryan’s positive attitude, leadership, love of the sport and commitment to his team are just a few of the reasons, we’re so proud he’s been chosen as a Fairfax County Champion of Character.

The Fairfax County Champions of Character ceremony will be held October 25th at 6 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center and ABGC can’t wait to celebrate all of our winners.

Annandale Basketball Tryouts Set

Game Concept With Rugged Basketball and Chalk Board Play Strategy

Try Out for an ABGC County Basketball Team!



5th Grade Girls

October 4th & 6th

6-7:30pm Mason Crest ES

6th Grade Girls

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Glasgow MS

8th Grade Girls

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Glasgow MS


5th Grade Boys

October 4th 6-7:30pm Annandale Terrace ES

October 5th 6-7:30pm Bren Mar ES

October 6th 6-7:30pm Annandale Terrace ES

6th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

7:30-9pm Poe MS

7th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

6-7:30pm Poe MS

8th Grade Boys

October 3rd & 5th

7:30-9pm Glasgow MS