by Melissa,Michelle & Drew Belk posted 08/13/2010
In Memory of Commissioner Rocky Belk
Former commissioner Belk's dedication to continually uplift the youth of Gum Springs has inspired an entire community to strive for the best. In his honor the Belk family has founded the Rocky Belk "Thumbs Up" Award. Given annually to two youths of Gum Springs Youth Association who show true leadership and dedication to their community.
The Rocky Belk “Thumbs Up” Award
The Rocky Belk “Thumbs Up” Award has been created to inspire young people to impact their schools, sports teams, and communities in a positive way. This contest seeks to reward motivated, young individuals who display an exceptional commitment to their community's growth.
awards will be given to two different age groups
- a) $300 Award to Ages: 7-11
-1 Essay, hand-written or typed, minimum length
half of a page or about 150 words.
- 1 Letter of Recommendation (see below)
-b) $500 Award to Ages: 12-16
- 1 Essay, must be typed, minimum length
1 page or about 250-300 words.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation, at least 1 letter must be from a Teacher
Age Group 7-11
: Answer the following questions: What does it mean to “give back to the community”? How do you plan on giving back to your community? Why is it important to help out your community?
Age Group 12-16
: Answer the following questions: What are your goals for the future? How will your future plans impact and affect your community? How do you plan on using the talents and abilities that you have now to help your community?
Letter of Recommendation From:
A Coach, Teacher, Church Leader, Mentor etc. (not a family member
) who has witnessed the commitment and impact that this young person has had on his/her community. All letters of recommendation must be emailed separately to
All applicants must mail entries by November 1st. All documents (Letters and Essays) need to be clearly marked with your name, age, and contact information. All entries need to be emailed to
or mailed to the Belk family at 15698 Viewpoint Circle Dumfries, VA, 22025.
The two winners will be announced at the annual end of the year banquet. As gysaa grows each year, so will the award amount so please participate! If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulties fulfilling the above requirements please contact your coach or email us at