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Volunteer All-Star Program
As a way of honoring those who give so much to Atlanta Track Club, we instituted the Atlanta Track Club All-Star Volunteer Program in 2005. An All-Star Volunteer is any individual who volunteers with us 10 or more times in a year. Each All-Star receives a special gift and recognition at the Grand Prix Finale & Volunteer Awards Breakfast at the end of the year. It is never too late to join the elite ranks. Simply sign up for our newsletter and start volunteering!
2017 All-Star Award Winners
In 2017, Atlanta Track Club has proudly named 224 All-Star award winners, pictured above! Click below for a complete listing of All-Star award winners by year.
Volunteer of the Year Awards
Each year, we celebrate six (this year seven) amazing volunteers for going above and beyond the call of duty with their volunteer work both within our organization and in the greater community. Awards are presented at the Grand Prix Finale & Volunteer Awards Breakfast each December. For a historical look back at all of our Volunteers of the Year, click here: Volunteer of the Year History.
The recipients of the 2017 Volunteer Awards are:
2017 Clarence W. May Jr. Community Service Award: Yvonne Bryant
Yvonne has been volunteering her whole life, from the time she was 6 or 7 years old. Her grandparents had taught her to always give back. Yvonne has a 30-year history volunteering with Atlanta Track Club. In her own words regarding volunteering,
“I LOVE IT. I feel like I’m giving back. It’s like thanksgiving. And to me, I’m giving. After being out there volunteering, I can’t tell you how it pumps me to be thankful for where I am in my life and to come home and eat a nice dinner with family. It’s such a hype to keep that spirit of thanksgiving moving.“
Her track and field experience began with the DeKalb County Express Track Club, where her small children were athletes and she became a Booster Parent. Yvonne eventually began volunteering with us at our all-comers T&F meets in 1987, where her son would come to practice with his team, and Yvonne would volunteer. Her son was a very successful runner, and eventually went to college on scholarship. Her love of track and field blossomed here and her relationship with Atlanta Track Club blossomed, as well. Yvonne eventually earned her USA Track & Field certification as a Level 2 Track Coach and as a USATF Level 1 Official, and coached for over 12 years with Atlanta Track Club. Yvonne has been a Crew Chief with Atlanta Track Club for over 25 years, and most currently, among other things, leads the way at our big four events: Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, AJC Peachtree Road Race, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K, and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K. She leads her volunteer groups with precision, purpose, and style. She has a way of motivating her volunteers to do their best work, while also having lots of fun and embracing the spirit of giving. In other words, her enthusiasm for volunteering is contagious.
The Clarence W. May Jr. Award isn’t just about what Yvonne does for Atlanta Track Club, but for the community around us. You may think she doesn’t have time left with all that she does for us, but here are the other organizations with which Yvonne is incredibly active and which she refers to as her “daily dose of JOY”:
Chick Fil A Peach Bowl
Fulton County Southwest Arts Center
Georgia office of M.A.D.D.
A.A.R.P.’s Georgia Office
Be The Match Organization
Hot Chocolate Road Race
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
D.C.Express Board Member
Yvonne has volunteered throughout her career while raising her family and now has the luxury of being retired, traveling and giving back wherever and whenever she can. She has made it her way of life.
2017 Road Race Volunteer of the Year: Shirlene Stafford Reeves
The recipient of the Road Race Volunteer of the Year award is Ms. Shirlene Stafford Reeves. Shirlene has been volunteering with us since 2014, and has made significant contributions to our road races in her last 4 years. Shirlene does it all for us. She helps behind-the-scenes at the office with any projects, where she gets us off to a head start on our races, labeling and tagging bibs, and packing for our course volunteers. She rises up early on race day mornings to volunteer AT the event, sometimes volunteering for one race up to 3-4 times! Shirlene’s stepped up in style to her most recent volunteer role as a Crew Chief, one of our coveted volunteer leaders. She’s been a crew chief at the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K, and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K, leading our Gear Check team. She is so giving of her time and energy, and always wants to help wherever she is needed most. I can tell you for sure that Shirlene has volunteered with us 23 times this year alone. What I am not really able to put into words or numbers is the immeasurable positive impact that Shirlene has on those around her. Shirlene has said herself:
“I love to motivate, encourage, and speak positive words to people. I show my gratitude for life by trying to make someone smile in spite of their circumstances. Making other people smile, makes me smile.”
What this translates to is somewhat of a following of volunteers. She has led people TO Atlanta Track Club, led them TO the volunteering world, and she enhances the experiences of everyone around her. She is a joy to be around, and she HAS FUN. Her positive energy is infectious. Imagine a new volunteer, showing up for the first time at either an office project, or at our road race. If they are anywhere near Shirlene, they are going to have a joyous experience. They will leave with a new connection. They will be back. Shirlene has not only found community and camaraderie and perhaps a little “friendly” competition with us, she’s helping us BUILD our community. This influence cannot be measured, and we are so incredibly grateful for all you do for us, Shirlene. We cannot wait to see what 2018 brings with your support of our volunteer community!
2017 Track and Field Volunteer of the Year: Dinnie Rogers
Dinnie Rogers has been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club for over three years, and has done so much for Atlanta Track Club in this time period. Dinnie has volunteered in the past three all comers Track & Field seasons as well as a plethora of road races and Kilometer Kids events. Not only does he show up early and help set up many of our road races, he runs them too. Dinnie enjoys being able to help other runners and other volunteers, as well as giving back to the community. Perhaps his most significant impact on Atlanta Track Club so far was his attendance as a volunteer at this year’s All Comers Track & Field nights, which happened to be our most challenging season to date with the change from our regular locations. Dinnie didn’t miss a week this year, no matter what track we hosted at. He always arrived early to help with set-up, and went above and beyond this year, when we introduced the Shot Put as a Grand Prix event to our competitors. Dinnie spent all but one week at the shot put arena this season, working all the different jobs in the shot put area. With much care, dedication, and patience, Dinnie helped kids and adults alike to learn and excel at shot put. I had the pleasure of watching him work with several young student athletes, and I have no doubt that he had a positive impact on all of the athletes he coached. They will be back for more in 2018, thanks to Dinnie’s positive influence. No matter what Dinnie does at Atlanta Track Club, he does so with enthusiasm and perseverance. He’s so dedicated, in fact, that he’s recently come to volunteer with a walker after breaking his ankle and needing multiple screws to put it back together! He cannot be stopped! Dinnie is kind, caring and compassionate. He is a giver. He is a hard worker. He gives not only of his time, he also gives donuts to share with all volunteers at our races. He is reliable, and he is committed. Dinnie is a retired fireman, and was named firefighter of the year in 2000. He also volunteers for Boys Club of America, Junior Fire Fighters, and Boy Scouts USA.
2017 Youth Volunteer of the Year: Randy Stroud
As the last Kilometer Kids Fun Run of the fall season finished, some cold rain sent most people running towards their cars. Randy Stroud on the other hand ran towards all the heavy lifting needed to get the race equipment cleaned up and packed back into the truck. Randy was an excellent runner back in his prime. Always making big names like Jeff Galloway, Lee Fidler, and Benji Durden get a little better, and he still holds his own when lacing up his racing shoes. However, it might take you a while to discover such things about about Randy because he is always in the background. Literally. When trying to find a picture of him volunteering, you’ll find he is always helping someone way back in the edge of the frame! Whether it is in his community, at his church, or at our youth running events, he is always the one setting up early, cleaning up late, doing the forgotten tasks, and volunteering to monitor the most remote part of the course to make sure kids feel safe and encouraged. Even when he decides to run a race himself, you will likely catch a glimpse of him afterwards doing all the work that everyone else wants to save for last. It seems like he has always been a part of the Atlanta Track Club, and the dedication and hard work Randy gives to Kilometer Kids and our community does not go unnoticed. So, as much as he tries to stay out of the picture, it’s just not possible to tell the Kilometer Kids story without mentioning his contributions.
2017 Ambassador of the Year: Telicia Maxwell
Telicia has been a member of Atlanta Track Club for two years. Her enthusiasm for the organization and for being an ambassadorwas illustrated throughout the year by her constant hard work and dedication. “Volunteering is an extension of who I am,” Telicia says. “I have been blessed to utilize my skills and love for people to encourage and motivate others.” Her commitment to the Club and to serving the community was evident and admirable. Despite a long commute and other work and family obligations, she always found time to volunteer. Not only did Telicia set a great example at events, she also represented the organization in a positive way through social media, being extremely active on several channels week in and week out. Her communication was always prompt, easy and effective and her kind spirit always makes her a pleasure to work with her.
Her hard work, dedication and passion for Atlanta Track Club go beyond her just being an ambassador. She’s made it a way of life for her and for her family. “For my children, I hope that they follow my lead by staying active and shooting for the stars,” says Telicia. “I was blessed to have my children see me finish my first marathon this year [at the Publix Georgia Marathon]. It’s a joy to see them develop the same love for running that I have.”
In coming years, Telicia plans to continue volunteering at and running Atlanta Track Club races.
2017 Run Lead of the Year: Bill & Dana Zavatkay
Dana and Bill are part of our dedicated team of Run Leads who volunteer over 30 weekends a year to help make the training programs a supportive and fun community. This team put in the hours and focus of creating weekly runs with the support and detail of mini events; with a hydration crew, cone crew, course support, etc. They give up running their own long runs to make sure others reach their fitness goals. Dana and Bill are what happens when an engineer and psychologist are put in charge of the cone team. We would receive weekly power point presentations with maps and excel spreadsheets outlining the cone placement along the course. Amy said, “The greater achievement is that the relationship survived the assignment!” Dana and Bill took this task to a whole different level, raising the bar for anyone who will have to follow in their footsteps.