Tom and Deb Shepley have been volunteering in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community since 2008 when the oldest of their four sons was in the 5th grade.
In particular, Tom and Deb have been involved in supporting student-athletes, their families and athletic programs, according to community member Cheryl Bardwell, who nominated the couple for this award.
They’ve provided continued positive support to each and every player at various athletic events including football, basketball, baseball, track and field, lacrosse and tennis.
They’ve spent many hours supporting, feeding, fundraising not only for their boys, but many student-athletes. They are outstanding examples of what it means to volunteer; to willingly serve their community and schools.
Tom and Deb have run Booster Clubs, served on boards, organized tournaments, led fundraising events, and managed concessions. The time they’ve put into these activities is truly remarkable.
They’ve also built community by hosting team meals and organizing team banquets.
Tom and Deb are the biggest super fans to ALL the athletes and provide continued positive support.
Tom and Deb were among parents who contributed to the start of a homework tutoring sessions and provide students-athletes with academic support, a meal, a semi-quiet place to study and rides home if needed. They also reach out to the parents of the players to welcome them and encourage and support their involvement.
Creating this positive environment is what makes Tom and Deb so special. They encourage others to volunteer of their time and talents. They lead by example and are role models for other parents in the district on how to give back to their community and provide support to their children.
Tom and Deb are a dynamic duo whose leadership, dedication and commitment to helping others has touched the lives of students, families, staff and community members. They are truly inspiring.