Community Leader Awards: Coach Dean Kennedy

Kelowna Capital News Leader of the Year series on those that give back to the community

Dean Kennedy was named a Capital News’ Community Leader of the Year in the coach category at the 4th Annual Kelowna Capital News Community Leader Awards, held at Okanagan College, Oct. 23, 2017. The Community Leader Awards are given to local members of the community who demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership.

A self-proclaimed Saskatchewan Roughriders fan who “bleeds green,” there’s nowhere Dean Kennedy would rather be than at the football field.

Working tirelessly for the Kelowna Minor Football Association—largely behind the scenes—Kennedy’s passion has been invaluable in promoting and growing the game at the grass roots level in the Central Okanagan.

“I just love the game,” said Kennedy. “I’m speechless, excited to be nominated. For me it’s more about the game, and watching the kids get out there and have fun.”

Whether he’s coordinating referees, looking after scheduling, organizing clinics or coaching on the field, KMFA president Mike Saini said Dean’s contributions are immeasurable.

“While many other volunteers are more easily recognized for their roles, Dean works tirelessly in the background,” Mike said. “Without Dean, KMFA simply could not operate as it does.

“Most of our membership doesn’t know what Dean does, they show up on Sunday for the game with grins on their faces and a lot of it is because of him.”

Since joining the KMFA as a volunteer in 2009, Kennedy’s efforts have helped to nearly double enrolment in the flag football program, from 180 to 350 players.

Kennedy was also instrumental in the implementation of the association’s concussion protocol and awareness program.

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