National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
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FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 20, 2012)
— US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year award. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in volunteering and giving back to the game of soccer over a lifetime.
The national Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop
in Indianapolis, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:
Region I – Melody McNulty – Newark, Del.
Since her daughters began playing soccer at a young age, Melody McNulty has been involved in the sport. She acted as team manager for both her girls’ teams for five and three years, respectively. McNulty is also the State Registrar for Delaware Youth Soccer Association and goes above and beyond to get players on the field. When the secretary at DYSA stepped down, McNutly was quick to ask how she could help the organization during the transition period.
Region II – Abdirizak Said – St. Paul, Minn.
The philosophy that guides Abdirizak Said is that every child should have the opportunity to play soccer. He believes soccer helps build character and often says the sport prepares a person for success. Said hasn’t received any monetary compensation for his work in soccer, but is pushed by his moral and ethical standards that make him someone who is looked up to in the community.
Region III – Zoe Unger – Boca Raton, Fla.
Zoe Unger has long been a volunteer for TOPSoccer and since her 13th birthday, she has planned a service project each year to benefit the program. Now a high school senior, Unger has organized a fundraising event for the past three years that’s grown into a 5v5 tournament. She continues to work as a buddy captain for TOPSoccer and also volunteers for her temple’s youth group and plans to volunteer as a counselor at a camp in Georgia.
Region IV – Sue Hughes – Gresham, Ore.
Through her volunteer work, Sue Hughes has helped the game of soccer have a larger reach in her community. She has acted as a team treasurer, member of the recreation board and auction committee and she almost single handedly introduced Eastside United FC’s TOPSoccer program to the area. Despite her numerous volunteer roles and running her own business, Hughes is always one of the first people to offer additional help at club functions.
The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be held in Indianapolis from January 16-19, 2013. The annual Workshop will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. For more information please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Workshop/NSCAA