Terri-Ann Lepowick has been presented with the Yorkton Minor Football Association volunteer award for 2019.
In making the presentation at Football Night In Saskatchewan Saturday Jason Boyda said Lepowick has shown “dedication not just to the sport of football, but for the kids, the boys and the girls.” He said Lepowick works hard to make sure youth “just not good at football … but to be great citizens.”
Lepowick, who got involved in the minor football program when sons Dylan and Dominic became involved, said the award was a complete surprise.
“I was shocked, quite shocked,” she said, adding she simply took on the roles that crop up as a parent, and slowly expanded her efforts to help others.
Lepowick said she began to recognize that there were barriers to playing football for some youth that she could help overcome. It might be something as simple as helping a youth afford a pair of cleats, to encourage a coach to take on just one more player even if they were short a uniform, or finding funds to pay registration fees.
Working with the Yorkton Tribal Council, Lepowick said she sees “a lot of kids come through … that don’t have an outlet,” and football can provide that if they can be encouraged to get involved.
“If I can help somebody have a chance to play, to overcome the barriers … it just makes my heart feel better,” she said.