Washington Youth Soccer honored its best and brightest stars at the Annual Awards Luncheon in May
Throughout the year, thousands of adults come together to provide young people across the state of Washington with the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of playing soccer.
Parents serve as team managers, raffle coordinators, snack providers and, of course, chauffeurs, driving their players to and from practices and games and providing emotional and psychological support.
Coaches — many, if not most, of whom are parents as well — spend hours planning training sessions, researching new coaching techniques, communicating with parents, mentoring players and, in those moments they actually get a break, coaching games.
Referees — who, likewise, are often parents, or even players — pore through the Laws of the Game to gain a greater understanding of their craft, maintain their fitness and study fellow referees and teams to improve their ability to make split-second decisions on the field.
Club and Association staff work long hours — often around other full-time jobs — to schedule games, maintain fields, organize tournaments, train and develop coaches, recruit new players, build relationships with local schools and parks departments, and ensure that the young players in their communities will have the chance to pursue their love of soccer in a safe, supportive environment.
Many of these positions — plus many more that weren't specifically named — are volunteers, with no reward beyond the thousands of smiling faces running out onto fields from Spokane to Seattle, Walla Walla to Washougal. All, though, are essential to ensuring that our state's young people develop the confidence and positive sense of self -worth that will help them succeed for the rest of their life — whether in soccer or anywhere their journeys may take them.
On May 17, leaders from across Washington gathered at the Embassy Suites Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to honor a select few of these individuals with Of The Year awards, from a field of nominees identified by District representatives statewide. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding individuals for their dedication to soccer and their passion, pride and commitment towards growing the game of soccer in Washington state!
Each of these individuals, along with the state-level winners from the other 13 states in US Youth Soccer Region IV, will now be eligible for Region IV Of The Year honors to be announced in January, the winners of which will then become finalists for US Youth Soccer National Of The Year honors.
Congratulations to each of these outstanding members of the Washington Youth Soccer family!