Horn Lake, MS – John and Theresa Federico of Kenner, LA were honored with the title of Goodwill Member(s) of the Year, an award given annually by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) in recognition of unselfish dedication to the causes of good conduct, worthy participation and ethical behavior within the organization.

Nominated by the membership of the Louisiana Bridge Association, ACBL Unit 134 President, Sid LeBlanc described very effectively the merits he felt made Mr. and Mrs. Federico such deserving nominees.

Mr. Federico has served as District Representative for six years and chaired the 2010 Summer North American Bridge Championships (NABC) held in New Orleans. However it was his teaching style that impressed the voting ACBL Board of Directors.

“Being named a co-recipient of Goodwill Member of the year is not just a great honor; it is also a standard to be maintained and even an expectation that can be exceeded,” Federico said of his honor.

Mrs. Federico is known by her peers as the most altruistic member of the Louisiana Bridge Association. She is always the first to volunteer when help is needed and no task is beneath her. Aside from serving as Chair of New Player services at the 2010 Summer NABC, she is the first to call and wish someone happy birthday, visit a member in the hospital or call on them at home when they are sick. When a volunteer is needed, Mrs. Federico doesn’t just find one, she becomes one.

“This is absolutely the best pat on the back I could ever receive in this game. It is a confirmation that the real joy of our game comes not from how many wins or masterpoints one has acquired, but rather from how many friends that are made and how many lives are enriched,” Federico said of her honor.

About the ACBL
Indisputably the most challenging card game ever invented, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life — from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to tennis star Martina Navratilova. Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 165,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and sanctioning 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments annually. The ACBL’s three North American Bridge Championships each attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in the United States, Canada and about 20 other foreign countries. For more information about the ACBL, visit www.acbl.org.