BALTIMORE (Jan. 15, 2016) — The 2015 class of the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame was announced Friday evening at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2016 US Youth Soccer Workshop in Baltimore. Three integral members of the soccer community were honored: Evelyn Gill, Peggy Neason and Bob Wertz.
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, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy and Coach of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with founder and first chairman of US Youth Soccer, Donald Greer, as the charter member.
Evelyn Gill (Princeton, N.J.) | Administrator
Evelyn Gill has been devoted to youth soccer on the local, state and national level for over three decades. Gill has been committed to strengthening and planning for the future in every position she has held. Gill has dedicated over 30 years to youth soccer to help develop, advance and promote programs and services for all players, and took to heart that youth soccer is "The Game for All Kids". Read the full profile here.
Peggy Neason (Eighty Four, Pa.) | Administrator
While her beginnings can be traced back to the simple desire to coach her kids and become a referee, Peggy Neason has now become synonymous with Western Pennsylvania youth soccer and was instrumental in the creating of TOPSoccer and its implementation across Western Pennsylvania. Neason believes fully in coaching from the heart, which in turn allows every player to be treated equally and be able to enjoy the game she loves. Read the full profile here.
Bob Wertz (Baton Rouge, La.) | Referee
For more than 40 years, Bob Wertz has contributed to referee programs at the state, regional and national levels of soccer in the United States, and his influence can be seen in hundreds of officials across the country. Wertz is a life member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program, as well as State Referee emeritus and a National Assessor emeritus. The Bob Wertz award is presented to a participating referee at the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships who displays leadership and support to his or her fellow referees. Read the full profile here.
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