Cecil Soccer honors volunteer with pavilion dedication
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.
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.
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.