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About Us Wall of Honor
  • Wall of Honor
The Wall of Honor concept was generated by the VAS Board of Directors as they wanted to recognize the commitment, time, expertise and dedication of volunteers, corporations and organizations that enhanced the development of our program in reaching new milestones since the inception of VAS in 1989 and the inaugural year of the Games in 1990. We were able to recognize and introduce our first class of honorees at our VIP receptionduring the 20th Anniversary of the Coventry Commonwealth Games of Virginia. Each honoree was selected by their outstanding service and unselfish contributions for the advancement and betterment of Virginia Amateur Sports.
Mr. Kenneth King
Founding Father & First Board Chairman
Ken was the founder of Virginia Amateur Sports. He served as the first Board Chair for three years, leaving the organization with a constitution and by-laws for our governance, sustaining us for the past twenty years.

Mr. David Paxton
Inaugural Board Member & Past Chairman of the Board
David was the second Board Chair of Virginia Amateur Sports, providing two strong years of leadership in the development of our organization.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee
Inaugural Board Member & Past Chairman of the Board

Betty was instrumental in securing board members in the planning process of theState Games of Virginiain 1989/90. She served as Chairman of the Board for 13 years. She was a driving force in taking VAS to many new milestones.Shealso represented VAS on an annual basis with the governing body of State Games, the NationalCongress of State Games.

Ms. Virginia Foster
Inaugural Board Member

Virginia served on the VAS Board of Directors since its inceptionin 1989, retiring from the Board in 2007. Prior to serving on our board she was the President of Special Olympics Virginia. Her service and wisdom in personnel matters provided the insight in the development of the VAS Employee Handbook.

Mr. David Van Covern
Inaugural Board Member & Current Board Member

Davidwas instumental inexpanding the Board membership by recruiting new members. Heserves as Chairman of the Program Committee and was a driving forcein developing ourFive Year Plan, aplan that has enhanced thequality and visibility of our program & extended our events calendar. The plan is reviewed and updated annually.

Dr. John Heil
Current Board Member

Johnjoined the Board in 1992. Prior to that he served as the Medical Director of the Games, and since has served on our Local Organizing Committee as the Medical Chair. John has provided leadership giving the guidance and direction to the medical staff and volunteers who have providedtheir services to the Games.

Tammi Jewell
Athlete, Intern& Staff Member

Tammi has been a part of our program as an athlete, an intern & staff member. She rose through the ranks to managing the sports venues & volunteers to the position of Vice President of Operations. She took VAS to another level of technology by implementing online registration, developing & managing the webpage and designing our various publications.

Mr. Michael Morris
Volunteer Sports Coordinator

Mike initially served as our sports coordinator for the Biathlon, but since then he's been involved in several programs for a number of years. He got VAS involved with the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, an annual event thathas grown to become one of the largest triathlons in Virginia, attracting approximately 600 athletes a year. He also initated & designed a coursefor a Duathlon, competition held at Explorer Park that included a run & cycling for VAS to help with at Explorer Park.

Mr. Wally Beagle
Volunteer Sports Coordinator

Wally has been a sportscoordinator/co-coordinator for over 19 years for one of our most visible high quality sports, our All StarBaseball Competition. He contacts the four regional coaches who select 80 athletes, sendsletters to college coaches as well as pro baseball scouts, oversees the selction process, and secures housing, meals and uniforms for the teams. He's also heavily involved by volunteering for several other events throughout theyear.

Coventry Health Care
Title Sponsor of the Coventry Commonwealth Games
ABC 13
Corporate Sponsor
The Kroger Company
Corporate Sponsor
Mr. Billy McBride Jr.
Golf Sports Coordinator (passed away March 2009)

Billy was the sports coordinator for our golf portion of the Games since 1991, the first year that golf was an event in the Games. He also took initiative to add Little League Golf to our list of events that addressed the issues of introducing competitive golf to a younger set of athletes. Our annual Dr. Wally Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for VAS, was overseen by Billy.

Dr. Wallace Johnston
InauguralBoard Member (passed away May 2007)

Wally was a long-time management professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and known to the business world in Richmond for his radio and newspaper advice "Speaking of Work." Dr. Wally had been on the board since our founding year of 1989-1990. Our VAS Golf Tournament was renamed in 2008 as the Dr. Wally Golf Tournament in honor of his dedication to VAS.Dr. Johnston was instrumental in developing and expanding Virginia Amateur Sports

Marilyn Arbogast

Marilyn was involved with the Games in their initials planning stages in 1989 and was co-director of the first ever opening ceremonies in 1990. Marilyn has filled many volunteer positions and has recently been the director of the Athlete Picnic/Tailgate Party. This event attracts 2,500-3,000 athletes, family members and volunteers prior to their marching into the coliseum and opening ceremonies. Marilyn is always an email away, always responding positively with her positive smile and personality.

Steve Stinson

Steve donates his time, talent and skills of art design and graphics in designing our banners, logos for our new events, and the t-shirts we provide. When asked for help, Steve always responds with a yes and when is the dealine. It is difficults to say how much money Steve has saved Virginia Amateur Sports with his pro bono work that showcases the Games and other events Virginia Amateur Sports hosts or manages.

The Grogan Family

Long time volunteers & supporters of Virginia Amateur Sports & the Games.

Harvey Bulaski
(passed away February 2015)

Long time Volunteer Sports Coordinator for our Shooting events at Roanoke Rifle & Revolver Club. Harvey was a dedicated volunteer with not only the Games but the many other events and races that Virginia Amateur Sports hosts or manages.

Dennis Carter

Dennis has been a long time supporter of the Games through WSET-13. Dennis provides exellant coverage of the Games and goes above and beyond with his team. Dennis is also a fixture at Opening Ceremonies volunteering his time to serve as Master of Ceremonies.