Joe Gibbs honored with Spirit of Virginia Award

Joe Gibbs, three time Super Bowl champion head coach with Washington, was awarded a Spirit of Virginia Award for his nonprofit Youth For Tomorrow.

The award was presented by Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin at the annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet alongside current Commanders and former players as well as Coach Gibbs’ family and friends.

The nonprofit offers residential, outpatient, medical, and education services to children and families in need throughout Virginia.

Since its founding in 1986, YFT has helped 6,752 children and families.

The residential treatment program currently serves over 800 at-risk children and teens annually in Bristow where staff and residents work together towards healing.

YFT also provides day treatment options for select elementary and middle schools in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties.

This is the second of six Spirit of Virginia awards bestowed in 2024.

The Award recognizes unique qualities and standout achievements across the Commonwealth and salutes Virginians for their uncommon contributions in private industries, education, culture, the arts, and philanthropy

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SU student’s head to Super Bowl

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Twelve sport management students from Shenandoah University’s School of Business are going to Las Vegas this week for an experiential learning trip to Super Bowl 58.

This is the second year SU has brought students to the Super Bowl.

The students will work throughout the day on Saturday at the NFL Fan Experience and on game day, they will help with NFL VIP Pre-Game Parties leading up to kickoff.

In addition to their work with the NFL, the students will meet with industry professionals to network and visit the sites of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, UNLV, Professional Bull Riders, and the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.

To view a video from last year’s trip, click here.

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Game plan for a safe Super Bowl

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles wants to remind residents to have a game plan to get home safely after this year’s Super Bowl.

Last year in Virginia, 245 people died from alcohol-related crashes.

36 alcohol-related accidents resulted in 15 injuries and two deaths on the day of the big game last year.

Some tips from the DMV include planning your ride home beforehand, downloading a ride sharing app or gathering a list of local cab companies, and preparing for any weather or travel advisories.

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Middletown celebrates with Tree Lighting Ceremony

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‘Tis the season in Middletown as they got in the Christmas spirit with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last night.

They welcomed Super Bowl Champion and Washington legend Brian Mitchell as a special guest to help light the tree which is located off Reliance Road as you are entering Middletown.

Middletown will continue their festivities next weekend with their Christmas Parade down Main Street next Saturday at 2:00 pm.

If you’re in Middletown anytime through the holidays, don’t forget to stop by their mailbox to Santa and Mrs. Claus to drop off your letters which they have promised Mayor Harbaugh to respond to.

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NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw leads SABF

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This year’s Grand Marshall for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was Terry Bradshaw.

He was excited to finally make it to the festival after originally signing on two years ago.

Bradshaw was impressed by the amount of Steeler’s fans in the area and has his own ties to the region.

His favorite song to sing with his daughter is “Crazy” by Winchester native Patsy Cline.

Bradshaw said, “we have been singing that song together since she was 3 years old but my daughter is a much better singer than I am.”

The Hall of Fame quarterback reflected on his career and said what he is most proud of are his four Super Bowl victories.

“Anybody can have stats but to be a great quarterback you have to win,” said Bradshaw.

He then went on to discuss some of his favorite quarterbacks to watch play currently, “Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Stafford have the stats and can win.”

When turning his focus to the newest Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett he said, “I got to speak with him the day after he was drafted and congratulated him. Pittsburgh is a great franchise and will put him in a position to succeed. It’s the perfect fit. He’s smart and competitive.”

Terry also believes that Carson Wentz should succeed in Washington with the Commanders, “as long as he gets protection. He was unfairly criticized after his injury, but I am rooting for him. He’s a good person and I like to root for good people.” 

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Memorable Super Bowls

In this week’s SDPC, I’m joined by friend, client, and fellow sports geek Scott Snapp, as we talk about our most memorable Super Bowls, the first Super Bowls we remember, and predictions for The Big Game…and how could the Sports Dogs NOT talk about The Puppy Bowl? Enjoy!

R-Dog