Lake Wales High School Football Team

Will & Tatiana Dyer with the Lake Wales High School Football Team



Polk County Award Recipients 2019

Polk County - Lake Wales Little League

Approximately 1,600 children in the community are supported through the Lake Wales Little League program. Children from the ages of four to sixteen can participate in the program. Along with traditional Little League games and teams, Lake Wales Little League has its own Challenger League for special needs individuals in the community ages five to 99 who face additional physical and emotional challenges, giving them the same outlet for their abundant energy and a way to gain all the strengths of teamwork, coping, coordination, and strategy which otherwise might not be available. And while the program is run exclusively by volunteers, there are equipment, signage, field caretaking, and uniform needs that need to be addressed. The Dyer Difference Award will assist with those costs and with providing scholarships for children whose families can’t afford the uniforms and program fees. It’s a home run for everyone in the community and something the Dyer Difference Committee was proud to support.

Lake Wales Little League President Jim Maggard, Vice-President Michelle Maggard, and Dyer General Manager David Dlugokecki.



YMCA of Lake Wales

A strong and healthy body and mind help to enrich the spirit of the individual and the community as a whole. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Lake Wales recognizes the need for opportunities to build the mind and body, and the group works hard to create extracurricular activities that help young athletes develop better physical and social skills and become more successful in life. The Lake Wales Blue Marlins is a new swim team for the community, created to help achieve physical fitness, mental acuity, and develop the tools to achieve success in career and life. A co-ed team, boys and girls who swim as members of the Lake Wales Blue Marlins will learn teamwork, responsibility and commitment and enjoy a whole lot of fun while learning important lessons for life. This month, they will also learn the joy of success as the YMCA of Lake Wales is honored with the April Dyer Difference Award in Polk County.

Renee Camper, Executive Director of Childcare Services, Ana Pizarro, Swimming Coach, YMCA swimmer Mallory, David Dlugokecki, GM

 Empowering our communities, accelerating the future. 

Lake Wales Highlander Booster Club

The Highlander Booster Club is taking pride to a whole new level by trying to bridge the gap
between the past and the present moving forward into the future. A Hall of Fame Committee has been
formed to design and coordinate an inaugural Highlander Hall of Fame Event on Saturday, May 4th at the
Lake Ashton Country Club. The evening will recognize living and deceased Lake Wales High School
alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding representatives of any Lake Wales High School
athletic team through accomplishment, leadership, support, service and/or character. In addition to
recognizing the Highlander Hall of Famers, the event will also help raise much-needed funds for Lake
Wales High School Athletics. This sense of community and school pride helped the Dyer Difference
Award Committee decide to recognize the Highlander Booster Club with the February Dyer Difference

Will & Tatiana Dyer award Highlander Booster Club Secretary Shelli Jacobs and David Dlugokecki with the
February Dyer Difference Award​