2017 Volunteer of the Year Award winner to be honored at Awards Gala
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 21, 2017) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the national winner and nominees for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year award. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors those who are excellent role models for their community.
The national Volunteer of the Year will be honored at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Philadelphia, held in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
National Volunteer of the Year Award Winner:
Kevin Brothers – Woburn, Mass. (EAST)
As the President and a coach of Woburn Youth Soccer, Brothers wants every child to have the opportunity to play, and he motivates countless other volunteers to help make it happen. In addition to spreading awareness and growing the WYS program, Brothers is involved with various logistical tasks, including managing registration, clinics, coaches, uniforms, field maintenance, schedules, concessions and volunteers. His promotion of fundraisers, food drives, high school car washes and many other events shows his involvement and commitment to the community. Brothers has dedicated a significant amount of time to building youth soccer in the Woburn area, all because of his passion for the game.
Other National Award Nominees:
MIDWEST – Shawn Danhouser – Illinois
Working with Illinois Youth Soccer, Danhouser has doubled the amount of TOPSoccer programs offered in the state with 300 players involved through his six years of ensuring that players with physical and mental disadvantages get the same soccer experiences as others. Danhouser also works with TOPSoccer at a regional level.
SOUTH – Ramon Gallardo – Wendell, N.C.
As Gallardo focuses on community outreach and opening up the game of soccer to Latino youth in the community, he hopes to engage families in a positive activity while also teaching valuable life skills. He founded the first youth Latino league (Del Sol Latino League) in Raleigh in 2002, and he also created the CASL Del Sol Community outreach program.
WEST – Dave Consla – Albuquerque, N.M.
Consla has been involved with various clubs, specifically as a team manager. His communication with families, work with the team budget, registration for tournaments, help in supplying players with uniforms and service as an intermediary between the coaches and parents are only a few of his tasks that display his organization and value to teams.
The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be held in Philadelphia from Jan. 17-21, 2018. The annual Workshop will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. For more information, please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Workshop/USC.