In 2008, Vermilion lost one of its most passionate soccer players in Derek Bucharski. In his honour, his family created the "Derek Bucharski Memorial Award for Dedication and Team Spirit". This award is to be given out each year to four individuals (one from each of U12, U14, U16 and U18) who stand out on their respective teams for their dedication and team spirit (such as a positive attitude and good practice attendance). Each recipient receives a small gift and has their name put on a plaque, which can be seen inside the shack.
Derek Bucharski was a member of the Vermilion Soccer Association for 9 years as a player on the youth teams (indoor and outdoor) and Vermilion Men's Team. He loved soccer and was a skillful player. He was also a referee for our association and volunteered along with his parents Mary and Joe. He lost his life in a tragic accident on July 1, 2008. In his memory, his family wants to remember him by presenting these awards to other players who love the game of soccer as fervently as Derek.
The recipients of the award are as follows:
Congratulations to all of the winners for demonstrating the qualities that made them worthy of this award!