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Lucas Cook - Champion of Character Award

12/10/2012, 5:30pm EST
By Club Administrator

Chosen by Fairfax County Athletic Council and NCS

McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) is proud to announce Lucas Cook, one of the club’s MPS Coaches, will be honored by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services as one of its 2012 Champions of Character on October 23, 2012. This award is presented to coaches who exemplify the characteristics that are important in youth sports today, “while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.’’

Lucas Cook is an extraordinary and devoted coach and volunteer not just in MYS but with VYSA as a member of their Coaching Education Staff, an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach, and area high school soccer coach. Lucas has coached local youth soccer teams in the Northern Virginia area for 12 years. He has been with McLean Premier Soccer for 5 years; including 3 years as an age group coach for the MPS '97B Legend. In May 2004, he was the recipient of the DC United Coach of the Month award.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for one of our club’s very talented and committed coaches,” said Clyde Watson, MYS Technical Director.

Lucas Cook understands all aspects of the game of soccer far beyond the technical skill and score many coaches pay attention to. He treats each and every player like they are a meaningful contributor to the team. One of the most truly incredible things about Lucas is the unwavering support he gives to each and every child by showing confidence in them as they play on the pitch. Lucas demonstrates dignity, grace and sincere sportsmanship, which is one of the many reasons Lucas Cook stands out among other coaches. Those who are fortunate to know Lucas or have had the opportunity to call him Coach Lucas have long recognized him for his commitment and for being truly spectacular in his support of each individual player, teamwork, respect, motivation and positive attitude and outlook.

"It is a true honor for MYS to have such a dedicated and caring coach as Lucas Cook on our coaching staff. We were delighted that such an outstanding coach would be given the unique distinction of being named a Fairfax County Champion of Character for exemplifying superb sportsmanship and character" said MYS Chair, Maureen Dalbec.

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