The Quarterback Club of York is one of the longest-tenured, non-profit sports organizations in the area.
Over the years, the club has given more than $300,000 to youth charities and scholarships since coming into existence back in 1975.
One of the biggest awards it gives out is the Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship. The $4,000 award, paid out $1,000 a year over four years, is given out to a local high school football player who exhibits skill in the community and on the football field.
Monday evening, this year’s recipient — Dallastown senior Steven Dunczyk — was honored at the QB Club of York’s annual football banquet at San Carlo’s Restaurant in York.
“It is an honor that the Quarterback Club of York chose me,” said Dunczyk, who plans to attend Stevenson University in the fall. “I know there were a lot of other great nominees, and it’s such an honor to be recognized and chosen for this.”
Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers spoke highly of Dunczyk, who played linebacker.
“Steven is a kid that has faced a lot of adversity in his life,” Myers said. “And he’s done it all with an even-keel. He’s had a very calming effect on our team. And he worked his tail off for us this year. Steven will tell you that he’s not the fastest guy on the team, and we sat down and talked after his junior year about him getting faster, and he came back in this year and he was faster. His game has much improved.”
What set Dunczyk apart from the other nominees was his off-the-field contributions. He’s helped train younger kids at Kim’s Karate on Mount Rose Avenue with martial arts, a hobby that he got involved with when he was 5 years old.
“Since I was about 10 years old I’ve helped train kids from as young as 5 years old, as well as adults,” he said. “I spend about 2½ hours every week.”
Dunczyk is also active in Dallastown’s Varsity Club, the National Honor Society and Link Crew, an organization that helps freshmen transition and succeed during their first year of high school.
Top players recognized: The QB Club also handed out football trophies to each of the York-Adams League’s Division I, Division II and Division III players of the year at Monday’s banquet.
In Division I, Red Lion's Sam Emig, a quarterback, was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Nick Argento, a lineman, was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with Spring Grove senior lineman Owen Jacobs.
In Division II, York Suburban senior quarterback Ben Igo won the Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate and senior linebacker Teague Hoffman took home Defensive Player of the Year.
In Division III, York Catholic matched the Trojans by sweeping the honors, with senior running back and defensive back Jakkar Kinard and senior quarterback and defensive back Dan Yokemick earning Co-Player of the Year recognition.
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