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2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional award winners announced

February 4, 2010 09:00 PM
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 5, 2010) - US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2009 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, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop in Fort Worth, Texas.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:

Region I – Jay Ziminsky – Middleton, Del.
Jay Ziminsky volunteers as president of Middletown Odessa Townsend Soccer (M.O.T.) in Delaware. Under his leadership, M.O.T. has grown to the second largest club in the state. His commitment to the success of the organization is exemplified in his willingness to do what it takes to keep things running smoothly, from lining fields to spending Saturdays at the soccer fields or sorting and organizing uniforms and equipment. Ziminsky is responsible for implementing training courses for coaches and referees, and he routinely organizes outings to professional soccer games for players.

Region II – Michael Parsons – Topeka, Kan.
Michael Parsons first volunteered to coach his eight-year-old daughter's soccer team. Fourteen years later, he is still involved and making an impact in the Sunflower Soccer Association as a board trustee and TOPSoccer coordinator. It was Parsons' desire to see soccer available to all youth, regardless of ability, that drove him to create Topeka TOPSoccer. The program now boasts 27 dedicated participants. Parsons' excitement for the game is contagious and has spread to others in his community.

Region III – George Raleigh – Broken Arrow, Okla.
George Raleigh, like most, began volunteering when his children first started playing soccer 15 years ago. Through his years of service as a coach, referee, board member and tournament staff director, he has become known for being an honest, fair and hardworking volunteer. Raleigh's dedication is unwavering. Those within the Broken Arrow Soccer Club know they can count on his knowledge and hard work to carryout successful programs. Most recently, he has taken on the task of Scheduling Committee chairman for Green Country Soccer Association.

Region IV – Kimberly Wriggle – Eugene, Ore.
Kimberly Wriggle found her niche for volunteering three years ago when she jumped at the challenge of spearheading fundraising efforts for a newly formed soccer club. Through her efforts, Eugene Metro Futbol Club (EMFC) currently provides 10 percent of its membership with financial assistance through scholarships. It was Wriggle's initiatives that fostered a relationship to provide concession services at various University of Oregon events. Her efforts have helped to raise over $70,000 for EMFC in three short years.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer's Volunteer of the Year award or the US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop, visit

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