Thursday October 31, 2013
South Burlington’s own Linda LaBerge is being recognized by the National Football Foundation (NFF) for her dedication and volunteer leadership of the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation, representing the Northeast. LaBerge is one of five outstanding recipients of the 2013 Chapter Leadership Awards recently announced by the NFF.
The Chapter Leadership Awards annually recognize five individuals, one from each region of the country, for their commitment, generosity and leadership at the local level in fulfilling the NFF’s mission of developing leaders through football. Each of the five leadership award winners will be honored during the NFF’s Chapter Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 10 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
“Each of these individuals has embraced the mission of the NFF and is promoting the good in the game, benefiting our nation’s youth,” said NFF President and CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “Their dedication and passion creates a powerful presence for the NFF in their communities, making an impact and inspiring excellence on and off the field.”
Linda LaBerge has been active in the Vermont football community since 1967 when she and her husband, Rene, founded the South Burlington Dolphins youth football program, which they still oversee today. The Dolphins Youth Football program serves grades 1– 8, playing a powerful role in the success of the SBHS program. The Dolphins established the PRIDE Award, which is presented to the top high school player in the state at the annual NFF Vermont Scholar-Athlete banquet.
Since joining the NFF Vermont Chapter in 1995, LaBerge has been integral in the growth of the annual scholar-athlete awards dinner, which now honors 15 high school and four collegiate scholar-athletes each year. In addition, the chapter provides scholarships and grants to start-up and youth football programs throughout the state. LaBerge also produces video and PowerPoint presentations for the banquet, and designs marketing pieces for the chapter. Funds for Vermont’s programs are raised at the chapter’s annual North-South All-Star game held each fall at Middlebury College.
“I joined the NFF Vermont Chapter to support the game of football and to recognize youth football as a foundation for high school football and beyond,” said LaBerge. “I have watched thousands of young men and women go through our youth program over the past 46 years, and many have had their lives improved by their participation, guidance of their coaches and support of their team peers.”
A retired administrative assistant, LaBerge resides in South Burlington and loves digital photography. LaBerge remains active with the South Burlington Dolphins Youth Football program.
About the National Football Foundation: With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 4,800 high schools in 47 states each year. Collectively, the NFF chapters stage more than 1,000 annual events in 47 states, celebrating the game and its unique ability to teach values of leadership, teamwork and the drive to compete.