Thursday April 17, 2014
The South Burlington Dolphins Foundation (SBDF) has helped start many youth and high school football teams around the state of Vermont. So it came as no surprise to Rene and Linda LaBerge, founders of SBDF, that former South Burlington resident Dennis Hill, who played his youth and high school career in South Burlington, would come to them for help to start a new team. And true to their love of football, Rene and Linda jumped in to help with donations towards making the team a reality.
Hill is currently principal at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton.
A big step toward achieving this goal happened when the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation recently announced a $10,000 grant award to Missisquoi Valley Union High School for the start-up of its football program. Chapter President Mickey Heinecken made the announcement at the DoubleTree in South Burlington. The generous grant is the first of its kind awarded in the state of Vermont.
The grant gives a jump start to the fledgling Thunderbirds program that is hoping to play at the junior varsity level in the fall of 2014. Missisquoi Valley Union will be the 35th Vermont high school to sponsor football and one of many that has added the sport since 2000. South Burlington High School football player Tanner Contois, who was named Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, attended the press event to give his input on how important football was to him in his development as a student and becoming a man.
Linda and Rene LaBerge also serve as members of the Executive Board of the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation.