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Chattanooga FC announces four new community spotlight awards

CFC Goalkeeper Jon Burke presents Mary Beth Sutton with January’s Community Hero of the Month

The new awards are given to outstanding members of the Chattanooga community who show an exceptional commitment to help grow the Chattanooga community through notable contributions and initiatives.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2024) — Chattanooga Football Club announces four new community spotlight awards given to outstanding members of Chattanooga by providing exceptional contributions to our shared community through notable initiatives and practices.

These CFC community award spotlights are as follows:

  • Local Business Award powered by EPB
  • Community Hero of the Month Award
  • Female Student-Athlete Award
  • Teacher Appreciation Award

The inaugural recipients of these awards were nominated by their peers as each candidate exemplified the characteristics members of the distinguished panel were searching for when identifying the winners of their respective awards.

Nominations are now open for these respective awards at

Learn more about this month’s awards recipients below:

Chattanooga Football Club has announced Mary Beth Sutton as January’s Community Hero of the Month. Founder and Executive Director of WaterWays, Mary Beth and her team have worked to provide outdoor education opportunities to local students with efforts to repair the rivers, creeks, and streams through natural remediation techniques.

The first Female Student Athlete Highlight is awarded to Kimberly Vicente Sica, a straight A student from Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School, who is known to all as a leader on and off the field by encouraging her team-mates. Vicente Sica started playing soccer with Operation Get Active in 2023.


The Teacher Appreciation Award recipient will be announced in February. The application is now open to nominate a deserving teacher in the Greater Chattanooga area. Parents and students are encouraged to nominate teachers who have positively impacted their lives through their teaching methods and positive experiences in the classrooms. 

For more information, contact Community Relations Manager Mikaela Sites at