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2009 - Dr Michael Young

2009 VBDYFCA Hall of Fame Recipient
Dr. Michael Young

This year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Michael Young, has been an integral part of the program for the past seven years.  He began with the organization in the unofficial but all too familiar role of “pacing sideline parent” when his son entered the football program in 2003, and joined the board in 2004 as Football Equipment Manager. The following season he stepped up to the Football Director position and brought to this role a firm belief in our need to eventually become a feeder program for the school teams. As such he began to forge a relationship with Mr. Ron Whitcomb, our AD, and Coach Jim Haugh and his staff that is now as strong as it has ever been.  It was in this vein that he also took an active role in transforming what was then known as the “Victor Saints” into the Youth version of the “Victor Blue Devils.” 

Over the past two years, Mike has led this organization through the most significant changes in its history, as our President.  Thanks to Mike’s vision, courage and leadership, we were successful in expanding our program, and as a result we have become an organization that is willing and able to accommodate the interests and needs of our rapidly growing community.

Mike was not only instrumental in adding two teams to the program. He spent countless hours with the Finger Lakes Youth League leaders, ultimately convincing them that the growth of Victor’s program was good for their league.  A year later, when it became clear that their path and ours were no longer aligned, Mike facilitated our exit from the FLYFCL and our entry into the American Youth Football and Cheerleading League (AYFCL) for this season which, from the looks of things so far, is a very good fit for Victor both on the field and in the board room.

A leader is ultimately tested in the midst of change, and under Mike’s guidance the program has certainly endured some drastic changes. Mike has led us through each of them with flying colors. He has indeed passed the test!

We feel honored to work with such a strong, fair and compassionate leader and we want to thank him for his efforts on behalf of the community and its children. In addition, we would like to thank Mike’s wife, Kim, his son, Conner and his daughter Allison, for sharing so much of his time and allowing us to benefit from Mike’s presence in our organization.

We could think of no better way to express our gratitude to Mike, and to his family, than to elect Dr. Michael Young into the Victor Blue Devils’ Youth Hall of Fame, Class of 2009.   

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."

--Anonymous

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