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2010 Volunteer of the Year regional award winners announced

January 11, 2011 09:00 PM
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala 
@USYouthSoccer, live announcement of national winner

FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 12, 2011) - US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2010 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. 25, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Louisville, Ky.

Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms: 

Region I – Alan Zeigler – Lewisburg, Pa. (Eastern Pennsylvania)
North Union United was formed in 1998 by Alan Zeigler whose only hope was for his boys to have a soccer club to be a member of and to share the game. Since then, purely through volunteer work, Zeigler has seen the club grow to encompass more than 20 teams. Through the club's growth, he has acted as a coach, treasurer and registrar for the budding organization. Though his children are no longer involved in the game, he continues to freely give of his time.

Region II – Charles Gauder – Beavercreek, Ohio (Ohio South)
When Charles Gauder's daughter became involved in soccer in 1983, he did as well. Since then, he has taken on several roles within Beavercreek Soccer Association including field director, making twice-daily trips to the complex to ensure the fields are open and accessible to players. Gauder is also certified as a referee so he steps up when needed, and he is also responsible for streamlining referee scheduling and data collection. His leadership and spirit of cooperation has been contagious, adding to the number of families that volunteer.    

Region III – Matt Hooker – Walterboro, S.C.
As the field coordinator for Walterboro Soccer Club, Matt Hooker worked tirelessly to oversee the completion of the new 19 acre complex. Completing the majority of the work through his efforts power and through that of other volunteers, he orchestrated the entire process, even securing $25,000 from the city council to dig a well and have irrigation installed. With Hooker's determination and leadership, the fields were finished and sprouting within three months of the project beginning.

Region IV – Deb Bergen – Aberdeen, Wash.
Deb Bergen began working with Harbor Youth Soccer as a supportive soccer parent. Her involvement grew and continued beyond her children's playing years serving as a club administrator while also being willing to fill any other empty roll. Bergen manages the concession stand that benefits the club's scholarship fund, and she coordinates with the local school district for high school students to volunteer their time to work in the concession stand.

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

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