2023 Defense Community Champions Program

Our second year of the program will include some big changes, and exciting new opportunities for you to recognize champions in your community. First, we are excited to welcome Navy Federal Credit Union as our new presenting partner for the program. As the world’s largest credit union exclusively serving the military and their families, Navy Federal has long been a champion for our service members and now they will join you in celebrating our community champions. But, there are other big changes this year.

Why did the program change? 

Our first program had so much interest and so many great champions who were submitted. We realized that all of them deserved to be recognized—especially at the community level. So, we shifted the program to focus on local recognition, while still maintaining the national program in a different way.

The Champions program will now operate at both the community level and the national level.  All ADC member communities will now be able to identify a local champion to recognize at the community level under our program. We will then select a small group of local champions to be national honorees at a special national recognition in March 2023.

How will national honorees be selected?

A panel of members, experts and leaders from ADC will select a group of national honorees that represents the diversity of local champions that are nominated. These honorees will be recognized in-person at the Defense Communities National Summit in March 2023.  Short profiles of every champion will be included in the recognition materials.

What support will ADC provide?

We will give you a suggested process and criteria. We will also provide materials you can use throughout the program.  ADC will provide one award per community, and we will profile all champions in our materials at the 2023 Summit.

Program Steps

1.  Sign up to be a DCC Partner. The deadline for partner agreements has passed.

2.  After the partner agreement deadline, ADC will be in touch with DCC Partners and will send the 2023 champion nomination form to nominate a local candidate.

3.  Following the criteria, select your nominee and submit the form no later than 1/6.

4.  Once your form is submitted, ADC will coordinate getting you an award and connecting you to
our partners for local events.

5.  Local recognitions will take place and you will share pictures and related media with ADC. Additional information regarding local recognition ceremonies will be provided soon.

6.  ADC will begin its national selection process and announce national honorees in late February. Once you are enrolled, all you need to do is follow ADC selection criteria to select one person as your champion for 2023.