This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to highlight the contributions volunteers make every day all across our state. Each day we will be celebrating the award winning service of Louisiana 4-H volunteers.
A few years ago, Tony Brady came to the 4-H agents in Natchitoches Parish wanting to begin an archery discipline in the parish 4-H shooting sports program. Working diligently with local and state LSU AgCenter extension agents, he became a certified instructor and launched the program. In addition to serving as a direct volunteer with youth, Mr. Brady has secured equipment, supplies, and even land to build an archery range.
“Tony exhibits motivation, trustworthiness, talent and self-discipline,” says Associate Extension Agent Gwen Fontenot. “In addition to serving as an instructor for the archery program, he is an overnight chaperone trained adult volunteer and serves as a member of the Natchitoches parish 4-H Advisory Council.”
Mr. Brady has been 8th grader Hunter Salard’s archery coach for over a year. “Mr. Tony is always willing to offer assistance and go the extra mile to make sure that we have everything we need for practice; even if it means buying supplies with his own money. He always ensures that we have one-on-one instruction time with him if needed. As the regional and state shooting competitions came closer, Mr. Tony would offer more archery practices. His main goal was that we felt comfortable on the range and our scores, good or bad, did not matter.”
Tony Brady is the 2014 Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year award winner for the state of Louisiana. He will be honored this June during 4-H University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture