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2009 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year named

February 25, 2010 09:00 PM
 
Kansas' Lauren Lawless honored at Awards Gala

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 26, 2010) -
The recipient of the 2009 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award was announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2010 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The national TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award winner is Lauren Lawless of Topeka, Kan.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance. Boys and Girls Competitive and Recreation Coaches of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.
 
Lauren Lawless, of Topeka, Kan., a four-year student athlete at Washburn University, has been with Topeka TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) since its inception. She leads practices for six to eight-year-olds and serves as liaison between the program and Washburn University. As liaison, she coordinated a TOPSoccer night at a Washburn University women's soccer game to honor members of TOPSoccer. Lawless is determined to see the program grow and has encouraged several college teammates to volunteer. To end the first season, she sent handwritten notes to thank players for their participation.

The recipient of the TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award was selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors for being a role model who creates a fun learning experience as a mentor, advocate, coach or administrator.
 
The regional winners of the 2009 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year are:
Region I
Stephanie Lighter
Olney
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
Region II
Lauren Lawless*
Topeka
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
Region III
Kailey Boyer
Acworth
Georgia Soccer
Region IV
Ken Dandrea
Placentia
California Youth Soccer Association - South
*denotes national US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy  of the Year

For bios on each of the regional award winners, click here.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to USYouthSoccer.org/workshop/galaawards. To find out more about TOPSoccer, go to /programs/TOPSoccer.asp.

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