Congratulations Ron Vallely for being named the 26th Salute to Framingham HonoreeUpdated Thursday March 8, 2018 by Suzanne Lucien.
Beginning as a vision over twenty-five years ago, the Salute To Framingham has grown into one of Framingham’s most anticipated annual events, with an average of 600 people in attendance. Each year, individuals are honored for their outstanding commitment and service to Framingham’s youth. Over the years, the Salute program has been expanded to show our appreciation to teachers and staff who make each day “special” in Framingham Public Schools. We also recognize graduating FHS Students who positively impact the school community.
Ron Vallely has been involved in Framingham youth athletic programs for more than 20 years. He 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 Ron 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, Ron 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. Ron 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, Ron started the "Heroes Among Us" Award, designed to recognize local citizens that have made a difference in the community.
Ron has also been a great source of influence for many parents, coaches and other town programs. Over the last 7 years, Ron 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 Ron's influence and dedication which began with the youth of Framingham has now spread far beyond our cities' boundaries.