Lyon Heart Award
On December 27th, 2013, in Kabul, Afghanistan our brother and friend Captain David Lyon paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country. Dave loved serving kids and always looked forward to working the C.H.A.M.P. Camp. He was our gentle giant and he constantly exemplified everything that C.H.A.M.P. stands for and more. He is an example of what it means to put service before self. Dave Lyon was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. To honor our fallen hero, we’d like to recognize 2 campers over the course of 2 days at the camp that exemplify the core qualities that Captain Lyon embodied: Service, Leadership, Hard Work, and Sacrifice. Please be on alert to make suggestions.
2018 Lyon Heart Winners
I knew as soon as I stepped on the field for the first time, football was my game and I felt unstoppable. The main positions I play are linebacker on the defensive side of the ball and offensive linemen on the O-Line. I play under sized as a rising eighth grader, but I don’t let that affect me. One of the first things I remember hearing Champ say was, “You don’t have to be the biggest or the baddest you just have to have heart.”
I have attended Champ Camp for three years and I have loved every second of it! When I talk to these coaches, I realize how football has changed their lives and I would love it to be as impactful on mine. Champ and all of the other coaches have helped improve my game and inspired me to work harder. The vibes and the attitude at this camp are awesome! The coaches don’t look down on certain kids because they might not be as talented and they don’t care what you’ve come from, as long as you show effort.
This past year, I was recognized with the Lyon Heart Award for showing leadership, service, hard work, and sacrifice. I have definitely developed these qualities on the football field with help from the coaches and staff at Champ Camp who live by this in their everyday lives. I also appreciate Captain David Lyon, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and for his family for allowing his spirit to live on.
Football is not the only thing that matters in my life. I try to live by something Champ once said at camp – God first, family second, school third, and sports fourth. My family attends church every Sunday, we eat dinner with each other most days, and in school I have a 4.0 GPA. When I get older I hope to work in sports management for a professional sports team because even if you’re not playing, you’re still in the league.
2015 Lyon Heart Winners
2014 Lyon Heart Winners
School – I’m starting school in the fall at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch. My favorite class in school is Earth Science. I like learning about earth science because it challenges me and I love the rock formations. My grades are good and I always do my homework.
Sports – I have been playing sports for 6 years. Baseball is my favorite sport. I played t-ball for two years in Jersey. For 3 years I have been playing kid pitch.I also love football will play quarterback this year and I am very excited. I also play gold crown basketball.
Conclusion – The Champ Camp had us only wearing shorts and t-shirts. Almost everybody worked for the Broncos in a certain way. The award was a lot more valuable than any other award I ever got because it was about being a team player. Also, I am proud of our veterans.
I am also a Christian and attend my middle school and big service weekly at Southland Christian Church. I am in a youth group at my church. I really couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to go hang out with they are very encouraging in my walk with Christ and sports. I hope I get to stay with them for a long time they really help me out and I really love them.
As I said earlier I am an eighth grader at Jessie Clark Middle School. I have been on my middle school team since sixth grade and have learned more and more about football each year from a great coaching staff. My seventh grade year we were Fayette County Public School City Champs.
My head coach this season is Eric Schlarb our offensive coordinator and assistant coach since my sixth grade season. Coach Schlarb was the head coach before my sixth and seventh grade year head coach Dennis Johnson. Coach Johnson went to Lafayette high school this year to be an O-Line coach there as long with our B-Team head coach Coach Smith. Thank you for reading and if there is anything you would like to tweak please contact me. thank you once again and I hope you have a great day.
Thank you and here are some big points I learned at CHAMP camp. I learned to keep going, anything you do give it all you got, have a good attitude, make right choices, and mostly to don’t let people tell you that you can’t.
Tubridy’s other achievements include:
• Co-recipient of the 2013 Lexington Catholic Football Squire Award, which recognizes the outstanding freshman on the team.
• Selected to participate in the 2013 Kentucky vs. Tennessee 8th grade Future Stars football game.
• Named to the 2012 KYMSFA East West all Star game as an 8th grader.
Head Coach Mark Perry’s comments: “Noah exemplifies what we’re looking for in a player at Lexington Catholic. His attitude and determination are second to none.”