Ce­cil Soc­cer hon­ors vol­un­teer with pav­il­ion ded­i­ca­tion

Cecil Whig - - REGIONAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Ce­cil Soc­cer League paid trib­ute to one of its most ded­i­cated vol­un­teers Satur­day, nam­ing the pav­il­ion he helped build “Chris Neff Pav­il­ion.”

Neff died March 28. He was 56.

Joe Tan­ner, a league board mem­ber, said Neff was so ded­i­cated to groundskeep­ing at Ch­es­land Soc­cer Com­plex on Elk For­est Road that he would work un­til dark, sleep in the mower, then wake at day­light and fin­ish the job.

“The peo­ple in Ce­cil Soc­cer League give some­thing so much more im­por­tant than money. They give their time, tal­ent, skills and friend­ship,” Tan­ner said. “Chris, thank you for ev­ery­thing you’ve done.”

Af­ter coach­ing dif­fer­ent teams for sev­eral years Tan­ner asked Neff to join him. The two coached to­gether for two years.

“He loved this place,” said Greg Rear­don, board pres­i­dent. “You can’t put a price on vol­un­teerism.

ELK­TON

Chris did so much.”

Neff’s sons, Travis and Miles, said their dad spent many happy hours at Ch­es­land.

“It was his heart and soul,” Travis said.

“Soc­cer was the one thing we was pas­sion­ate about,” Miles added.

The pav­il­ion was one of Neff’s projects.

“He helped write the grant, he helped pour the foun­da­tion to make sure it was done right,” Rear­don said.

When he heard of Neff’s death, Rear­don said he im­me­di­ately thought the pav­il­ion should be named in Neff’s mem­ory.

“He’d be touched,” said Neff’s sis­ter, Jenny Tay­lor. “He re­ally did be­lieve in vol­un­teer­ing. He didn’t al­ways have money but he gave his time.”

Fam­ily and friends of the late Chris Neff gath­ered at Ch­es­land Soc­cer Com­plex on Elk For­est Road in Elk­ton Satur­day to see the pav­il­ion named in his mem­ory by the Ce­cil Soc­cer League.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Travis and Miles Neff think their fa­ther would ap­prove of the de­ci­sion by Ce­cil Soc­cer League to name the pav­il­ion at Ch­es­land Soc­cer Com­plex on Elk For­est Road in Elk­ton in honor of their late fa­ther, Chris Neff.

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