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2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year named

February 25, 2010 09:00 PM
Delaware's Jay Ziminsky honored at Awards Gala

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 26, 2010) - The recipient of the 2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer 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 Volunteer of the Year award winner is Jay Ziminsky of Middleton, Del.

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, Goal and Save of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy 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.

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.

The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award was selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors and is honored as a positive role model who promotes the game and increases the opportunities to participate.

The regional winners of the 2009 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year are:
Region I
Jay Ziminsky*
Delaware Youth Soccer Association
Region II
Michael Parsons
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
Region III
George Raleigh
Broken Arrow
Oklahoma Soccer Association
Region IV
Kimberly J. Wriggle
Oregon Youth Soccer Association
*denotes national US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year

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

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

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