A Fort Belvoir Bulldogs youth football player has been selected by the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame as Player of the Year for exhibiting excellence on and off the field during the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Football League season, according to a recent press release.
Marcus Williams, a running back on the 80-pound Central Division 2 team, was recognized at the 29th annual awards banquet, March 3, in McLean, Va.
The NVFHOF is an organization that recognizes and promotes the special efforts of individuals from the local youth and scholastic football programs, and their collegiate and professional counterparts, according to the release. This recognition includes the Inductees to the Hall of Fame that represents the history of the sport in the area and current football players, coaches, cheerleaders, officials, administrators and others exhibiting outstanding dedication to the sport, from the scholastic and youth club ranks.
“This feels great,” Williams said. “It can be a challenge balancing sports with doing well in school. But my father helps me do both.”
His father is Chief Warrant Officer 3 Marcus Williams Sr., assigned to the Old Guard, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Infantry Regiment, at Fort Myer, Va.
Like other outstanding athletes who have come up through Belvoir’s sports programs, Williams has some advice for players looking to follow in his footsteps toward this high distinction.
“It takes a lot of heart and dedication to others,” he said.
Each year, the NVFHOF has an awards banquet to publicly recognize these individuals. Inductees are selected in consideration of their special contributions and devoted service to the game. Player and cheerleader awards are based on leadership, dedication, conduct, character and scholastic and athletic achievements. In bestowing the awards, the NVFHOF strives to positively influence and reward the integrity, sportsmanship and character of the people and the game of football.
For more information about the Belvoir Bulldogs youth football program, and other athletic and fitness opportunities available to children on post, call Jerry Arrington, sports and fitness director, 703-805-9139; Julie Libert, assistant director, 703-805-9138; or go to belvoir.armymwr.com/ programs/youth.
Information about the Fairfax County Youth Football League and the Hall of Fame is available from fcyfl.org.