By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: May 17, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2018 | 9:40 a.m.
Editor’s Note: Since this story was published, Keith Rotzoll with Prince George Parks and Recreation announced, due to the inclement weather of late and predicted weather during the weekend, the tournament scheduled for May 19-20 has been postponed until September 15-16.
PRINCE GEORGE – It has nearly been one year since the sudden passing of community leader and longtime supervisor Jerry Skalsky left a void in the heart of Prince George that will forever struggle to be filled, but the memory and impact of Skalsky’s life on the county hasn’t been lost to the passage of time and that was seen during last week’s board meeting as an upcoming soccer tournament will be named in his honor.
Prior to the regular meeting, supervisors during their monthly work session gave their blessing to a plan to formally name the upcoming soccer tournament kicking off in the county this weekend the “Skalsky Spring Soccer Tournament 2018” as a way to memorialize the supervisor who was known for his passionate support of the county’s young people and the county’s parks and recreation department.
“We would like to use this as a way to honor his memory,” Prince George Deputy County Administrator Jeff Stoke said to supervisors during the work session.
The soccer tournament will run on May 19 and 20 at Scott Park and, according to Prince George Parks and Recreation Director Keith Rotzoll, a total of nine teams from around the region, including Hopewell, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights, and Prince George, will take part in the tournament that will feature U-14 teams and U-18 teams competing in round robin play with elimination and championship games being held on Sunday at the park.
Along with the soccer action that will be featured across Scott Park this coming weekend, a number of food and ice cream vendors will be on hand during both days as all three fields at the park will be busy with some of the best local talent taking to Prince George County’s green pitches.
“We truly believe this would be something Jerry would be excited about,” Rotzoll said.
In his remarks to supervisors, Stoke said he and the county had spoken with Jerry Skalsky’s wife, Brenda Sober and she had no objections to the idea, noting that it was Sober, along with the Parks and Recreation Foundation who donated the first bleacher covers for the fields.
“This is a great gesture,” Chairman Alan Carmichael remarked, with Supervisor Marlene Waymack adding, “I think this is a nice thing to do.”
For more information on the Skalsky Spring Soccer Tournament 2018, contact the Prince George Parks and Recreation Department at 804-458-6164 or visit their office at 11000 Old Stage Road.