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The Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) is honored to name Andrew Manna as the recipient of the Lionel Dubay Youth Sports Award.
This award was established in 1993 by Dubay’s wife, Gwen, his friends, and community donations to continue his legacy. Dubay was a vital parent and supporter of youth sports in Zionsville. He was an active member of multiple sports organizations including Little League and Youth Soccer Association, and was instrumental in starting peewee football in Zionsville.
Every year this award recognizes someone who has made an ongoing commitment to Zionsville youth sports. The nomination form is open to the community to submit nominations. The CFBC grants committee reviews all applications, and determines the recipient, who then pays it forward by selecting a nonprofit organization that benefits youth sports in the community to receive an unrestricted grant.
Year after year, it is demonstrated how blessed Zionsville is to have so many wonderful people pouring into our local youth through the several nominations received for this award. This will be the 21st award from the Lionel Dubay Youth Sports Award, resulting in $8,000 being injected into Zionsville youth sports, in honor of Dubay.
As Dubay was involved in starting peewee football, it is only fitting that the recipient of the 2023 Lionel Dubay Youth Sports Award is Andrew Manna.
Manna has held numerous positions with Zionsville Youth Football League (ZYFL), including:
ZYFL recreational football coach
•ZYFL all-star football coach
•ZYFL board member
•ZYFL board president
•Zionsville Middle School all-star coach
•ZYFL Middle School and High School community football coordinator
•ZYFL board consultant
Zionsville is lucky to count Manna as one of its many servant leaders working toward providing a positive and foundational experience to all youth athletes. Manna has modeled the way so clearly for all who follow in his footsteps, allowing each of us to achieve more. Because of him, we can cheer louder, throw farther, block better and score more. But more than that, we can call ourselves one team. One Zionsville. One football town. We are lucky to nominate him.
Outside of listing his roles, quantifying Manna’s contributions to the Zionsville youth sports community and ZYFL over the last decade is difficult. When asked, his nominators overwhelmingly focused on the unity and strength he has brought to every aspect of “football town.”
“Through his efforts and the ongoing work of the ZYFL organization, the ZYFL program has experienced unprecedented growth in participation numbers,” says Tyson Clemmer, ZYFL board member and former ZYFL treasurer.
Manna has chosen to award the $500 grant from the Lionel Dubay Youth Sports Award to the Zionsville Football Club (formerly ZYFL). In addition, Manna’s name will be added to the plaques honoring all recipients of this award, which are hung in Zionsville Town Hall.
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About the Community Foundation of Boone County
The Community Foundation of Boone County exists to unite people, organizations and philanthropy to create thriving communities for all. Since 1991, its leaders have worked to empower and engage local communities to make a difference right here in Boone County, while also leading a vision to collaboratively address the root causes of challenges facing Boone County in diverse and equitable ways. The Community Foundation continues to invest in the people working to fill local needs, and has granted more than $29 million to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. With over $30 million in net assets, the Community Foundation works with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving, to strengthen Boone County for generations to come.