Members of the Fort Belvoir Fire Department display the colors in front of garrison headquarters during a Patriot Day celebration honoring first responders and victims of the 9/11 attack. (Photo by Anthony Amos)
Retired United Airlines flight attendant Paul Veneto pushed an airline beverage cart through Fairfax County on its way from Dulles International Airport to the Pentagon. Here he stopped to meet members of the Herndon Police Department. Known as Paulie’s Push, his travels pay homage to his fellow flight crew members, the “first, first responders” of 9/11.
Cadets from Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 130 in Burke are ready for the Burke Center Festival held September 10-11. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
Bradford Edwards, assistant vice president and director of athletics at George Mason University, will leave Mason in October to become CEO of NFL Alumni, the National Football League announced Sept. 13. Edwards will stay at Mason until October 12.
Edwards, who joined Mason as athletic director in 2014, began his post-college professional football career playing for the Washington Commanders and Atlanta Falcons. Among his many accomplishments in professional football, he served as defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP for the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team.
“Brad has been a dynamic athletic director who has moved the department forward on student-athlete athletic and academic performance, as well as the level of community support that Mason can now count on,” said Mason President Gregory Washington. . “NFL Alumni has had one of their stellar alumni back, and we’re thrilled for Brad and the NFL.”
During his time at Mason, Edwards led a departmental effort that secured more than $42 million in contracts and revenue commitments, highlighted by a naming rights deal for EagleBank Arena, a multi-year partnership with Adidas and an agreement long-term corporate sponsorship with PlayFly Sports. .
The Patriots have won 11 conference championships and individually the Mason student-athletes have earned 19 playoff berths over the past seven years in track and field (6), swimming and diving (1) and wrestling (12). After totaling eight Academic All-America honors from 1990 to 2015 as an athletic department, Patriot student-athletes combined to earn eight Academic All-America designations during Edwards’ tenure.
Under his leadership, 394 student-athletes have won the George Mason Provost Scholar Athlete Award, including a record 65 in 2020-21. The award recognizes student-athletes who have accumulated at least 38 credit hours and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
“While I am thrilled to join NFL Alumni as the new CEO, I will look back on my time at George Mason University with fondness,” Edwards said. “I still remember the first time I walked onto campus in May 1990 as a young NFL football player for off-season training. Mason’s growth since that time has been meteoric. I am extremely grateful to the student-athletes and the many colleagues I have had the privilege of working with, and also very grateful to Mason Nation, some of the best fans in the world.
As CEO of NFL Alumni, Edwards will lead the oldest and best-known organization of retired professional sports players. Membership includes thousands of retired players, coaches, front office executives, spouses, cheerleaders and passionate fans.
Washington said it would announce an interim director and a search process before Edwards leaves in October.
Amelia Anderson, 17, is the recipient of the 2022 CORE Community Hero Award.
Local Foundation Announces Community Award Winners
The CORE Foundation has announced its winners for the 2022 Community Hero Awards.
This annual awards program recognizes the outstanding philanthropic work of those in our community who make a difference with an entrepreneurial spirit. The event is a celebration of the winners and CORE’s 16 years of supporting charitable projects that meet societal needs, strengthen the community and enable positive change.
The Community Hero Award winners who will be honored at the CORE Foundation Giving Gala on October 1 are:
Partner of the Year – Gregorio’s Trattoria for serving our community one meal and one event at a time.
Cause of the Year – Fairfax Falcons for co-creating triathlon opportunities for para and adaptive athletes in Northern Virginia.
Rookie Cause of the Year – NoVa Prism Center & Library to enable freedom of expression and access to information for LGBTQ+ youth.
Community Heroes – Rosa Simon for working tirelessly to serve the neighbors of Reston and Herndon, and Amelia Anderson for soaring and paving the way for women in aviation and STEM.
The 2022 Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the gala.
The Community Hero Awards Judging Committee was led by Liz Kamp, owner of New Trail Cycling & The strength and members of the committee were: Cheryl Fyock, founding board member of CORE & Deloitte, Kevin Taylor, Analitk & Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Mansoor Bhatti, Atlantic Union Bank Sophia Brown, 2021 CORE Community Hero & CEO of CORE Cause “Changing the World for Girls”
“We look forward to celebrating our 2022 heroes at the October 1 gala and invite the community to join us in recognizing the outstanding service of these individuals and organizations,” said Taralyn Tharp Kohler, Chief Executive Officer.
The theme for the 2022 Donation Gala is “An Evening Under the Stars” and will include a live jazz performance, DJ, silent auction, raffle and “tastes and drinks” from local restaurants, breweries and wineries. The community is invited and tickets are available on the CORE Foundation website at corefoundation.org/gala2022.
Girls on the Run® of NOVA (GOTR NOVA) has announced the appointment of Kristen Cheman to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kristen as a new member of our Board of Directors. We are especially thrilled with her enthusiasm for creating opportunities for elementary and middle school girls to practice healthy habits that will help them become healthy strong and confident leaders,” said Rob Hargreaves, Chairman of the Board of GOTR NOVA.
Cheman is Senior Vice President of Digital and Analytics Solutions at LMI. She leads an organization of over 550 data scientists, software developers and engineers who are focused on digital transformation, innovation and rapid technology development. Cheman holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University, and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University.
of Virginia. She also holds a certificate in leadership coaching.
“Running builds confidence, camaraderie and other life skills that will impact young people
daughters for their whole life. I’m excited to serve on the board of GOTR NOVA and be part of a mission
that I’ve been passionate about since I started running at age 5,” Cheman said. “I watch
looking forward to working with the rest of the board to continue to grow the organization and empower
more attendees across Northern Virginia.
Cheman joins the GOTR NOVA Board of Directors at the start of their Fall 2022 season, which
began on September 12 and ended with two 5K celebration events in November. Learn
To learn more about GOTR NOVA’s transformation program, visit www.gotrnova.org.
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