FRAMINGHAM – Ron Vallely has been involved in Framingham youth athletic programs for more than 20 years.
He was one of two honorees at the 26th Annual Salute To Framingham last night at the Framingham Sheraton. The event is sponsored by the Framingham High School Foundation. The other honoree was former Framingham School Committee member and Selectman Michael Bower.
Vallely is described as a generous, dynamic, innovative & creative man who is also a great team leader, team player, mentor, coach and friend.
As with many parents, he started coaching when his children were participants, but he continued coaching long after his children aged out of the programs. Through the years, he has taken on the roles of softball coach, baseball coach, and TBA basketball coach.
For the last 16 years, Vallely has been predominantly involved with the Framingham Youth Football and Cheer (FYFC) program, taking on almost every job role possible — including master hotdog wrapper and making chili for home games. His contributions to FYFC started with announcing games from the back of a pickup truck with a microphone and small radio.
He worked for years within the program, always coming up with unique and innovative ways for the program to expand, succeed and be financially sound. He was always looking for activities to give back to others within our community, teaching the youth of the program the importance of respect for themselves and others, and always encouraging the kids to do their best on and off the field.
To ensure that the kids had positive examples to look up to, Vallely started the “Heroes Among Us” Award, designed to recognize local citizens that have made a difference in the community.
Vallely has also been a great source of influence for many parents, coaches and other town programs.
Over the last 7 years, he has held the role of President for Framingham Youth Football and Cheer, President of the Bay State Youth Football and Cheer Conference and is currently the Executive Director of the Conference. He works tirelessly to ensure safe and competitive environments, outstanding commitment and service for the youth of each of these individual town programs. His efforts and contributions go above and beyond teaching the fundamentals of football and cheer. With more than 12 communities currently in the Bay State Conference, with more than 300 youth in each community, it is safe to say that his influence and dedication which began with the youth of Framingham has now spread far beyond our cities’ boundaries.
Photos by Susan Petroni/Petroni Media Company ©2017. All Rights Reserved. (Report courtesy of the Foundation).