Hy-Vee South employee Keith Bland has a clear mission for the Rochester Shock girls basketball teams: To provide an environment that promotes respect, hard work, determination, and accountability on and off the court through the coaching of competitive basketball. This past week, he was honored with The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission’s Volunteer of the Year Award for his efforts in giving back to our community.
The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission Volunteer of the Year is voted on by the staff of the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission that they work with in the Rochester community throughout the year. The individual must be one that goes above and beyond to enhance and give back in areas of sports. In Keith’s case, it was his love for basketball and commitment to the Rochester Shock.
“I work very closely with Keith and the Rochester Shock and his timeliness, organization, dedication, and character are all top notch and which made him a no-brainer for this award,” says RASC Operations Coordinator, Trevor Magnuson.
For twelve years the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission has hosted the Rochester Area Sports Banquet and each year it continues to be a highlight around the community. The Banquet recognizes area athletes, coaches and teams on their hard work, dedication and commitment in amateur sports. Each year a guest speaker shares a message with the attendees, that promotes the ideas that amateur athletics is all about. This year’s guest speaker was Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings!
“Keith epitomizes our company’s fundamentals and we could not be more proud to have him on our team,” says Hy-Vee South Store Director Carl Haider.