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Lifetime achievement honorees to be recognized at 2015 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala


Lifetime achievement honorees to be recognized at 2015 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

FRISCO, Texas (Nov. 3, 2014) — US Youth Soccer will honor the recipients of lifetime achievement awards at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia. Three new inductees will be welcomed into the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame, and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education will be awarded.

The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with founder and first chairman of US Youth Soccer, Donald Greer, as the charter member. This year’s Hall of Fame class includes Bob Abbott, Bob Brantley and Wally Lyslo.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, Dr. Lew Atkinson will be awarded the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award to honor his lasting contributions to youth coaching and coaching education in the United States.

US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame — Class of 2014

Bob Abbott Administrator
Bob Brantley Administrator
Wally Lyslo Referee

Dr. Thomas Fleck Award Honoree:  Dr. Lew Atkinson

The Awards Gala will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and will be hosted by The US Youth Soccer Show’s Hilary Kennedy.

In addition to four lifetime achievement honorees, the Male and Female Young Referee of the Year, Boys and Girls Recreational Coach of the Year, Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Administrator of the Year national award winners will also be announced. Each award honors the individuals who give their time and effort to the organization by way of service.

Highlight videos from each of US Youth Soccer’s programs will also be shown during the gala, and the winners of the Goal and Save of the Year awards will be unveiled.

The Awards Gala is part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop, which will be held in Philadelphia from Jan. 14-18. The annual Workshop will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game.  For more information please visit


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