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FRISCO, Texas (May 10, 2013) — US Youth Soccer players Victoria Andreski, of Wilkesboro, N.C., and Tyler Wischnefski, of Sussex, Wis., are the recipients of the fifth annual US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Both teens play key roles on their soccer teams as well as in their communities.
The scholarships are awarded for post-secondary education. The two $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on community service, giving back to the game of soccer and to honor the memory of William J. "Billy" Goaziou for his outstanding services for soccer and US Youth Soccer. The scholarships are awarded annually through the US Youth Soccer Foundation to one male and one female recipient.
Victoria Andreski plays for ’94 Carolina Fusion Elite, of North Carolina Youth Soccer, which advanced to next month’s US Youth Soccer Region III Championships. She’s also been a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program for seven years and twice received all-state honors for her play on the Wilkes Central Lady Eagles varsity soccer team, registering 132 goals and 69 assists in three seasons. Andreski shares her love of soccer by volunteering with TOPSoccer, where she helps players with disabilities develop, compete and achieve success through the game. Andreski is a member of the National Honor Society and has accumulated a 4.8 GPA while taking several honors and advanced placement classes. This fall, Andreski will play for Clemson University.
Tyler Wischnefski is involved in soccer as a player, coach and referee. He plays for Milwaukee Sport Club, of Wisconsin Youth Soccer, and received an All-Conference Honorable Mention for his play on the Hamilton High School team. Wischnefski also volunteered as a youth coach for two years and began working as a referee in January 2011. Academically, he’s been on the Dean’s List each year and is a member of the National Honor Society and several clubs. Wischnefski has been very involved with his church, and he acted as the coordinator of the collection and distribution of all donations in addition to volunteering at several shelters. Wischnefski will play at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the fall.
"US Youth Soccer strives to develop players' skills as well as their characters. Both Victoria and Tyler have taken the important life lessons that soccer offers its participants and given back to the game and their communities. US Youth Soccer is proud to remember Billy Goaziou by contributing to the lives of these young adults as they continue to succeed and move forward to college this fall," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer.
Goaziou was involved in soccer for more than 25 years as a coach and administrator. He served as treasurer of US Youth Soccer and the Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as chairman of the US Youth Soccer budget and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program committees. In 1994, he took office as the U.S. Soccer Federation's treasurer and was re-elected four times (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004). Beyond the soccer world, Goaziou served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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