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Bill loved life, he loved sports…playing, watching, coaching and he was involved with other great athletes in and out of the family. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say he probably was involved with thousands of young people in both Prince George’s and Calvert Counties where he became a legend and icon during his 40 year coaching career.
Bill translated his love for sports and people into his coaching career that began in the late 1970s with football in Suitland, MD. Shortly after moving to Lusby, he helped set up the SYB baseball program and eventually served as the Cal Ripken League Commissioner for Maryland. He also helped build Boys & Girls program that went from several hundred children of all ages into a program that is well up into thousands (10,000 or more) in Calvert County. Thank you Bill, we'll miss you.
SYB Founding Father, William "Bill" Burns September 23, 1937 - August 30, 2016
SYB seeks to make the sports experience safe, fun and healthy for ALL children. In addition, SYB promotes the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth. We believe that participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and lifelong values. In addition, we believe that the lives of our youth can be positively influenced by participation in sports and physical activities, if the adults apply their training and information.
The SYB Optimist Club of Lusby in conjunction with other Optimist Clubs in the Maryland Area and the Maryland South Delaware District of Optimist International work hand-in-hand to create viable citizens and leaders for tomorrow out of the thousands of youth touched each year by these programs. Optimist International, founded nearly 80 years ago, along with the Optimist International Foundation provide the backbone in planning, structure, training, and financial backing for all clubs who work with these programs in communities around the world.
The SYB Optimist Club of Lusby was chartered in February 1995 and has become one of Calvert Counties largest tools for positive and safe sports and activities for children. Today, we offer programs and services for everyone involved in youth sports experiences, volunteer administrators, volunteer coaches, and young athletes. Our members and community volunteers who assist in these programs take immense pride in providing positive instruction and building basic motor skills. Administrators (local volunteers) and volunteer coaches are strongly encouraged to attend our youth sports training that will aid them in handling their roles and responsibilities.
Our programs are provided at the local level with the support of locally owned businesses, as well as the cooperation and support from community-based organizations, that includes Calvert County Parks and Recreation and other independent youth service groups throughout the county. .
Ben Parks - President
Bob Portillo - Treasurer
Mindy Kalnoskas - Secretary/