VAC President Seth Fitch and event Keynote Speaker

       Flora Allen-Hopson present "2015 Best Diver"

        Citation to Kellam High School's Jaylon Bost

Sheriff Jim O' Sullivan and his wife Jenny

         arriving at the Benefit & Gala

   Mr. Tom Mercer, of the Chesapeake School Board and Pastor of Hickory United Methodist

     Church presents Sheriff Jim O' Sullivan

A member of the 

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

VAC President Seth Fitch presents

  Award to Sheriff Jim O' Sullivan

Virginia Athletic Council

Building Men & Women via Athletics©

            Sheriff Jim O' Sullivan's

                  accepts his Award

         VAC President Seth Fitch presents

Sportsmanship Award to Kellam High School's

Student Activities Coordinator Mr. Jim Moxey


2nd Annual Virginia Athletic Council Benefit & Gala Honors
            City of Chesapeake, VA Sheriff Jim O’ Sullivan and
                               Floyd E. Kellam High School


The Virginia Athletic Council (VAC) is proudly honored with the assistance of the event Keynote Speaker, Mrs. Flora "Flo" Allen-Hopson, Jim O’ Sullivan, Sheriff for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, as its 2015 President’s Community Service Award winner and Floyd E. Kellam High School as its 2015 Sportsmanship Award winner.

 The President's Community Service Award is presented to a sports-related person or team, irrespective of gender or sport contested, adjudged to have made a most significant or compelling - sustained contribution, performed exemplary deeds or services in the area of amateur athletics. 

  • Jim O’Sullivan became Sheriff of the City of Chesapeake in 2012.  Sheriff O’Sullivan is known for his dedication to service and the community as evident by his city being recognized by the FBI as one of America’s safest.  A successful high school athlete, he received a basketball scholarship from Adams State University.  Under his leadership, the department has an abundance of youth programs such as “ASPIRE - Leadership” whose mission is the development of leadership skills in young females by reinforcing ethics, self-esteem and public service and “STAR” which works to instill the core values of professionalism, leadership, and community involvement in young boys and girls.  The ASPIRE and STAR participate in the city’s “Adopt-A-Grand Buddy Program” bringing together youth and seniors.  The Sheriff’s office also holds a free Football Camp for Middle School children teaching them fundamental football skills for the purpose of instilling within them a desire to succeed in life …..a stellar record of community service supporting amateur athletics, sportsmanship and excellence.

The VAC Sportsmanship Award is presented to a high school, public or private, wherein their players, coaches, administrators and team followers show open and visible displays of sportsmanship and enthusiasm for high school athletics.  Abiding by the rules of the game; playing fair; following the directions of the coaches and administrators; respecting the other team's effort during the contest; encouraging teammates; accepting the judgment of the game officials; and ending the game smoothly are some of the attributes expected by the recipients of this award.

  • Competing in the Coastal Conference of the Group 6A – South Region, the Floyd E. Kellam High School Knights demonstrated a first-class high school athletic program defined by policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority leading to the common goal of participating athletes and followers being good teammates, good opponents and good citizens to achieve an outcome of champions who excel both, on and off the court.  Notable Knights include MLB Players Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Williams and former NFL Dallas Cowboy Herb Scott.

Proceeds from the event shall benefit the Virginia Athletic Council’s scholarship, leadership and mentoring programs. The VAC uses current and former amateur and professional athletes to successfully reach today’s student athlete and achieve their mission.