Thursday December 15, 2016
The South Burlington Dolphins youth football program celebrated their 2016 season November 28. The event, which was held at the South Burlington High School (SBHS) auditorium, individually recognized each Dolphin player and cheerleader. The founder of the program, Rene LaBerge, who has coached for 49 years, spoke to the group and acknowledged the athletes for “playing with heart” and the cheerleaders for “adding so much spirit to the games.” Although the seventh and eighth grade team had a challenging season, LaBerge thanked them all for never giving up.
According to LaBerge, eighth grade captains Noah Mumma and Cameron Berry, “Shared with genuine spirit from their hearts about the influence of participating in the football program.” The coach added that the athletes’ comments included special memories and plenty of humor, which delighted the audience and their coaches.
Rebel player and SBHS junior Andrew Dennison filmed the awards ceremony and spoke to the players. He encouraged them to continue to play football in high school, noting the benefits of personal growth, conditioning, ongoing friendships, and the creation of memories they will never forget.
All players and cheerleaders received certificates of participation, individual pictures, trophies and DVD’s of the season’s highlights, but the surprise of the night went to the younger teams. The first through fourth grade Earthmovers and the fifth and sixth grade Orangemen were all awarded sweatshirts, which not only boldly recognizes their undefeated seasons, but also lists each player’s name on the back of the shirt.
Due to the exemplary season of the first through sixth grade players and the determination of the seventh and eighth grade team, Coach LaBerge said he felt encouraged about the future of local youth football.