Boston (Feb. 17, 2012) – The 2011 class of the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame was announced this evening at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2012 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Three integral members of the soccer community were honored, Adele Dolansky, Kasey Keller and Irene Niemotka.
Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer, 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, Administrator of the Year, Goal and Save of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy 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.
Adele Dolansky (Fairfax, Va.) | Administrator
Adele Dolansky began her dedication to youth soccer three decades ago when she first became coach for the Fairfax Police Youth Club. Since that time, Dolansky's volunteer service to youth soccer in Virginia, Region I and beyond has impacted countless youth soccer players. Currently, Dolansky serves as the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Region I chairwoman. Read full profile here
Kasey Keller (Seattle, Wash.) | Player
Kasey Keller started his soccer playing career in the shoes of nearly every youth soccer player—he began with US Youth Soccer. Keller first laced up his cleats as an Under-7 player for the Woodlawn Cemetery Diggers Booters Soccer Club, a member of Washington State Youth Soccer. His youth soccer journey led him to several clubs and years on US Youth Soccer ODP Washington state teams, as well as US Youth Soccer regional teams and U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams. Read the full profile here
Irene Niemotka (Plano, Texas) | Meritorious
Irene Niemotka retired from US Youth Soccer as director of membership and business operations at the end of 2010 ending a memorable and influential 19-year career with the national office. Niemotka was involved in many of the national office firsts from launching a website and IT system, to the development of the marketing and coaching departments and the creation of the US Youth Soccer Foundation. Read full profile here
For more information about the Hall of Fame and the US Youth Soccer Workshop, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) –
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org