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Connie Briggs and the Cottage Grove Athletic Association were the winners of the MYAS (Minnesota Youth Athletic Services) Top Tier Volunteer awards for youth basketball in 2012. CGAA members honored were: From left, front row, Steve Hoffman, Connie Briggs, Tracie Fisher, Mary Burazin; back, Dan Harrison, Jeremy LaCroix, Tom Briggs, Mark Benshoof, Jim Buss; and not pictured, Eric Gorres and Dave Blumberg.

Briggs, CGAA win Top Tier Volunteer basketball award

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Connie Briggs and the Cottage Grove Athletic Association were the winners of the MYAS (Minnesota Youth Athletic Services) Top Tier Volunteer awards for youth basketball in 2012.

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The MYAS staff voted on the Top Tier Volunteer awards for a number of sports. According to MYAS Executive Director Dan Klinkhammer, when it came to the basketball award Briggs and the CGAA received a unanimous decision with 18 first-place votes and no second-place votes.

Klinkhammer presented the award to Briggs and the CGAA volunteers at the most-recent CGAA board meeting.

"I personally presented these awards because I have been so impressed with Connie and the whole CGAA crew for a very long time," Klinkhammer said. "Truly, a very dedicated group of exceptional volunteers with unbelievable longevity. A lot of these people have served their community through youth basketball for a very long time."

Last year, the MYAS coordinated over 200 events and every one of those events was hosted by a youth group that provided the work force needed to conduct those events.

"Without those volunteers, it wouldn't matter that we have a talented staff, qualified officials, supportive Board Members or modern communications technology. We'd be dead in the water," Klinkhammer said.

For more than 10 years, the Cottage Grove Athletic Association has partnered with the MYAS to assist in providing the facilities and volunteer workforce for numerous MYAS basketball events.

Briggs has been the driving force behind the CGAA and their ability to successfully host those events, according to Klinkhammer.

As an example, in 2012 Briggs organized hundreds of volunteers over a six-week span to host the MYSA Girls Grade State Championships, Boys Grade State Championships and Rec State Championships in March and a Gopher State spring basketball invitational in April. Besides doing all of that, she also worked for the MYAS as an external Tournament Director.

"Connie is truly a blessing to her local community, and her tireless work efforts to provide opportunities for the children of Cottage Grove should be commended," Klinkhammer said. "I deal with thousands of volunteers every year and this group is really special. I really want the Cottage Grove community to know how fortunate they are to have such a dedicated group of moms and dads."

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