David Glass, co-founder of First Touch Sports, received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society annual awards ceremony in Tysons Corner on Sept. 9.
Also at the event, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation received an award for Best New Facility for the Relic River Boardwalk at Dutch Gap Conservation Area.
The state-wide awards program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout the state who have demonstrated excellence in the parks and recreation field.
Glass and his wife, Sarah, co-founded First Touch Sports, 2900 Drewrys Bluff Road, in 2011.
First Touch Sports offers after-school soccer programs, soccer training and a recreational soccer league to children and youth in Chesterfield County.
It operates the Los Niños Skills soccer program, making opportunities available to some of the region’s most disadvantaged youth.
Thousands of Chesterfield youth have participated in organized soccer and gained valuable life skills due to Glass’s determination.
His years of knocking on doors, meeting with potential partners, fighting for fields, recruiting coaches and advocating for youth has made an enormous impact on the community.