Juan Vega began his commitment to youth sports as his son’s baseball coach, quickly moving to a leadership position with the Delwood Northeast Optimist’s sports programs and cheerleading programs. He served over twenty years, and helped at least 10,000 boys and girls. He was a coach in baseball, football, and basketball; he’s taken teams to city, regional, and state championships. He worked on fields and manned the concession stand. He helped create a league alternative to Pop Warner football, one where every boy who wants to can play. He was commissioner, league official, secretary-treasurer, and Delwood board member, some years serving in all those roles.