South Jeffco Sports Association baseball icon, Brian Vits, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Bennie Campton ‘For the Kids’ Award.
Vits was honored for his volunteerism as part of the South Jeffco Midget Baseball Opening Ceremonies at Cornerstone Park in Englewood.
The Bennie Campton ‘For the Kids’ Award was established to recognize selfless individuals who have made outstanding commitments and contributions toward enriching the lives of the children of the South Jeffco Sports Association community. The awards' namesake, Bennie Campton, was presented with the original honor in 2008, recognizing over 4 decades of his outstanding, caring service and commitment to South Jeffco youth sports, and the kids of our community. Campton was also in attendance for the presentation to Vits.
Vits started volunteering as a Baseball Coach in the SJSA Midget Baseball program in 2002 and he continued through 2010. He took on a role as the Assistant Chatfield Baseball Director in 2006, becoming the Director just one year later, before advancing to the primary SJSA Baseball Director in November of 2008. Vits’ 2 year term recently expired in October, 2010.
“Brian has been a selfless, tireless Director who has always gone above and beyond with his time and involvement in all we do”, said SJSA President Paul Sheehy.
Sheehy continued, “Brian was featured in a Q & A on our website (www.southjeff.org) last year, and his answer to one question in particular tells you a lot about this man. The question was simple, ‘What are your personal goals for our Baseball program?’ Brian’s reply was not to bring championships or trophies home, or building dominant tournament teams, but rather “to make sure that every youngster in our community who wants to play baseball is given that opportunity - regardless of their ability or financial situation. That’s how Brian is. He’s a role model for all coaches and directors to follow, which is exactly why he’s earned the most prestigious award we have to offer.”
The award came as a complete surprise to Vits, as he was present at the opening ceremonies simply as a volunteer to help coordinate the hundreds of kids being marched onto the field for introductions. He was joined by family, friends and former players of his to help honor and celebrate this award.
“The time and energy that I put in as a volunteer with SJSA over the past eight years has been one of the great privileges and learning experiences of my life. I am still feeling a bit in awe and humbled by the idea of my name being on a plaque with Bennie Campton and (2009 recipient) John Rothrock, both of whom I admire so much for their seemingly endless years of leadership and service to the kids in our community”, Vits said. “Receiving the 2010 "For the Kids" award is, without question, an honor that I will never forget.”
Vits received a commemorative trophy, and his name will be placed on a perpetual plaque on permanent display in the SJSA office.