50th Anniversary

To Friends, Family and Community:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as FPYC is celebrating a great milestone of 50 fun years of operations in the community. From the beginning in 1963, FPYC was striving to provide opportunities for youth to participate in a variety of sports. Initially, FPYC was able to offer two (2) sports, Football and Basketball. The demand for more sports was apparent and FPYC has grown from those two sports for the Fall and Winter seasons to offering twelve (12) sports for year round athletic opportunities in basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, running, soccer, t-ball/softball, volleyball, wrestling and youth challenge basketball/soccer. Today, there are approximately 4,000 families whose children benefit from and participate in FPYC youth sports every year.

As we celebrate FPYC’s 50th year, we have planned two great events with a Gala celebration in January and a Field Day event in June. There will also be sports specific events throughout the year to celebrate each sport’s season. We are anticipating over 300 attendees at our Gala and approximately 5,000 at our Field Day event. These events are just a small way in which FPYC can thank the community for their continued support of our youth organization, introduce players to sports that they may not have tried before, and most importantly, provide opportunities for the community to become involved in our youth.

The development of our youth is of the utmost importance for our community. It is opportunities in FPYC that allow our children to grow through the variety and special experiences they will encounter through sports – both on and off the field, court, trail, track or mat. Lifelong friends will be made and certain coaches will impart upon a player a lifelong lesson learned. It is these events, experiences and situations that help to shape the people we are and that our children will become.

We must thank a multitude of people, volunteers, parents, participants and organizations for making FPYC what it is today. From the beginning ideas of City of Fairfax Police Chief Murray Kutner creating a legacy and the idea of a youth club, then through the five decades of involvement by Quin Elson, Dennis Duffy, Fred Codding, John Keith and Becky McNaughton just to name a very few, FPYC has continuously encouraged sportsmanship, physical fitness and advancement of leadership for the youth in the City of Fairfax and surrounding Fairfax County areas.

I look forward to a celebrating with you and the community in a banner year of royal blue and gold in 2013 ‚Äì the Fairfax Police Youth Club’s 50th fun filled year.

Sincerely,

Mark Machen
President
Fairfax Police Youth Club