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2013 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year announced

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2013 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year announced

Florida’s Brock Turner honored at Awards Gala

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2014) – Brock Turner of Boca Raton, Fla., was honored as the 2013 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award recipient Friday night at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is the outreach program for soccer.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance. Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Young Referee of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award, and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored, as well.

Brock Turner has been involved with the Soccer Association of Boca Raton’s TOPSoccer program for the past eight years as a buddy assistant, uniform organizer, buddy captain and equipment manager. He’s given much of his time to TOPSoccer and encouraged those around him to do the same. Brock is active in the community and a National Honor Society student who is now attending Sacred Heart University on an academic and athletic scholarship.

The recipient of the TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award is selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors on the basis of his or her demonstration of patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The Buddy of the Year is an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-on-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.

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 USYouthSoccer.org/programs/TOPSoccer.asp.

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