The Arena Football League announced today that Washington Valor defensive back Tracy Belton has been recognized with the Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award, presented annually to the player who makes the most significant contribution to both his community and the game of Arena Football.
“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” Belton said. “I pride myself on being more than just an athlete and cherish the opportunity to make an impact on this community in such a way. The community – parents, coaches, teachers, students and veterans – are what helped build me into the athlete and person I am today. To be able to pay that back and to be recognized for it is a great honor.”
Belton, playing in his ninth AFL season, leads Washington on and off the field and has been an active contributor to the Valor’s community service initiatives in each of his two seasons with the team. This season, in conjunction with the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Belton spent time with children at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Hope for Henry, sharing laughs, playing games and making time to distribute Valor gear and take photos. Additionally, Belton took time during the season to visit with the families of wounded military veterans at the Fisher House, a Virginia organization that builds comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
The Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award was created in honor of Al Lucas, the late Los Angeles Avengers lineman who believed in both giving back to his community and growing the AFL. The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through education and awareness programs.