At the Virginia Recreation and Park Society annual awards ceremony in Tysons Corner on September 9, David Glass, co-founder of First Touch Sports, received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. Glass was nominated by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation received an award for Best New Facility (Parks, Playground, Blueways, Greenways and Trails-population greater than 200,000) for the Relic River Boardwalk at Dutch Gap Conservation Area. This state-wide awards program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in the parks and recreation field during the previous year. 115 applications were received vying for awards in 14 different categories.
Glass and his wife Sarah co-founded First Touch Sports in 2011. First Touch operates the Los Ninos Life Skills Soccer Program, making opportunities available to some of the region’s most disadvantaged youth. Thousands of Chesterfield youth have participated in organized soccer and gained valuable life skills due to the determination of David Glass. His years of knocking on doors, meeting with potential partners, fighting for fields, recruiting coaches, and advocating for youth has made an enormous impact on the community.