US Youth Soccer Announces Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
US Youth Soccer honors regional Volunteers of the Year
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
FRISCO, Texas (January 23, 2009) - US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 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 Administrator of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop in San Jose, Calif.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:
Region I – Russ Horn – Centreville, Va.
As a founding member of Southwestern Youth Association Soccer, Russ Horns has dedicated his time to the game since 1973. He has played every roll possible through his years of volunteering by coaching, refereeing, serving as an administrator, board of director member and president, maintaining fields, scheduling games and practices and implementing new recreational, outreach and travel soccer programs. His love for the game has continued beyond the playing years of his children and his work has touched the lives of many players.
Region II – Dave Harvey – Omaha, Neb.
Dave Harvey is a founding member of the Gretna Soccer Club and has served as president for over 19 years. Through his years in the game, Harvey has mentored many individuals to foster growth and support within his local soccer community. Under his leadership, the club has expanded to offer TOPSoccer, recreational and competitive teams, as well as professional training to players. His high morals and ethics lead him to do the right thing for each child with regards to soccer has always shone through in all of his efforts.
Region III – Sara Kluttz – Ooltewah, Tenn.
Sara Kluttz has been active in soccer since she began playing at the age of five in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her calling to give back to the game came a little over two years ago when she was on her way to a soccer camp and noticed how many kids were without anything to do during the summer. Her answer was to create a soccer camp to involve them. The first year she had 60 participants and the second summer, she reached over 250 kids while expanding the camp to accommodate as many kids as possible, regardless of transportation and equipment needs. Each year, Kluttz recruits more volunteers and reaches more kids and she plans to continue the camp as she continues to play soccer at Austin Peay University.
Region IV – Neil Callahan – Seattle, Wash.
Neil Callahan dedicated more than 10 years of his life to developing and enhancing programs for the Seattle Youth Soccer Association. He was passionate about recreational players having the same opportunities as select teams. Through much perseverance, his vision of creating a spring league for recreational players came to fruition. Callahan's service to soccer has included positions as past president of Queen Anne Soccer Club, vice president of recreational development, commissioner and president of Seattle Youth Soccer Association; however, those titles do not define all of his efforts. He organized training activities and clinics, learned to referee so he could help when needed and recruited and mentored many other volunteers to see that children were guaranteed an excellent experience in youth sports. Callahan passed away in December of 2008.
For more information about the US Youth Soccer's Administrator of the Year award or the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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