Back to News INDIANA SOCCER’S 2011 AGM & WORKSHOP February 4, 2011 09:32 PM INDIANA SOCCER’S 2011 AGM & WORKSHOP The 2011 AGM & Workshop Was a Success! Indiana Soccer wants to thank all the people that made the 2011 AGM & Workshop a successful event. Indiana Soccer hopes you found interesting and useful all the presentations and programs offered during the weekend. Certainly, your state association invests in the AGM in an effort to promote the sport and to offer development opportunities for all member clubs. Indiana Soccer hopes that member clubs embrace the initiatives introduced at this year’s AGM and workshop, and is encouraged by the enthusiasm displayed by those in attendance. Indiana Soccer would like to extend a special appreciation the volunteers that invested a number of hours helping your staff to create a wonderful weekend. LEGENDS TOURNAMENT The 2nd annual, Friday-night Legends Tournament was the kick off for the 2011 AGM & Workshop. There were 6 teams that participated this year: Westside United, Indiana’s Referees, Noblesville United, Carmel United, Indiana Soccer and Cutters. It was a great opportunity to meet people and express the passion that each of Indiana Soccer members has for the sport of soccer. Indiana Soccer wants to congratulate Westside United for winning the 2011 Legends Tournament! I am told that youth prevailed You can revisit the best moments by visiting the following link. http://www.soccerindiana.org/photos/leyends-tournament/2011/1/28/ PRESIDENTS BREAKFAST The first day of the 2011 AGM & Workshop was a success! Presidents and Directors of Coaching of a number of member clubs enjoyed the President’s breakfast and an initial discussion as to how Indiana’s clubs can lead a movement to bridal “competition” for the benefit of Indiana’s soccer players. It was decided that a committee of those present, would be assembled to research and to explore how Indiana Soccer member clubs could corporately manage completion for the benefit of Indiana’s players. A variety of people were recognized by Indiana Soccer’s President Murray Clark, and Executive Director Dave Guthrie. Victor Bush, the athletic director for Indianapolis Public Schools, received on behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools, the nation’s first Soccer Across America Award. The award was presented to Indianapolis Public Schools to recognize their successful partnership, which began with less than 125 children approximately 6 years ago and which expanded to over 1,200 student athletes this past year. IPS’s success also includes having Crispus Attucks, one of their school soccer teams recognized by the NSCAA as a “High School Team Academic Award Winner”. Indiana Soccer, under the charter of Soccer Across America, is working together with IPS to bring students the opportunity to play soccer in their own schools, and, if it supports the local schools initiatives, to eventually register travel teams. Indiana Soccer wants to thank all its members for sharing their thoughts and concerns. Member comments certainly allow Indiana Soccer to be more responsive to the needs of Indiana Soccer’s membership. You can recall some of the moments of the AGM that were caught on camera, by visiting the following link. http://www.soccerindiana.org/photos/agm--workshop-2011/2011/1/29/ AWARDS DINNER The 2011 Award Dinner was such a celebration! Four hundred elegantly dressed people assembled to celebrate the contribution of their peers, friends and family members. The celebration offered delicious food and a great atmosphere that allowed participants to share the past year’s successes. A lot of feelings were expressed during the dinner. Happiness, sorrow as we recognized the loss of some of our soccer family, and excitement as the awards were discussed and presented Indiana Soccer wants to thank all of those that made for such a memorable night. Highlights of the evening can be seen by visiting the following link. http://www.soccerindiana.org/photos/award-dinner/2011/1/29/ TOPS One of the most memorable parts of the AGM & Workshop was Vince Ganzberg’s TOPSoccer coaching session. Nearly 50 members of Indiana Soccer participated in this coaching session, with a lot of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn more about the program so TOPSoccer can be included in their own club’s programing. Under the leadership of Vince Ganzberg, Director of Education of Indiana Soccer, coaches and other participants learned how soccer can be made available to people with special needs. Certainly, during the actual training session, coaches and guests recognized how much the participants enjoyed every single moment of the session. We want to thank Special Olympics for partnering with Indiana Soccer in a concerted effort to make the joy of soccer available to ALL children and adults. Indiana Soccer also would like to thank Dynamo FC, their staff, and their board for allowing us to hold the first pilot program of the new TOPS/Special Olympics Academy format initiative. Dynamo along with Butler University women's soccer kick started this program for the state of Indiana. Without the use of their facilities, their staff and their volunteers, we could have never gotten TOPSoccer off of the ground so quickly in our state again. Indiana Soccer wants to thank Carmel United for their very generous gift to Soccer Across America and TOPSoccer, of 100 new soccer balls. Gifts, such as the 100 balls provided by Carmel United at this year’s AGM are what allow both of these valuable outreach programs to grow and flourish. All Indiana Soccer’s member clubs are encouraged to support with their donations these initiatives. Together, we are making a difference, one child at a time. You can recall the best moments visiting the following link. http://www.soccerindiana.org/photos/topsoccer-coaching-course/2011/1/30/ Once again, thanks to everyone for contributing to the success of the Indiana Soccer’s 2011 AGM & Workshop.