Soccer Community Honors Jimmy Conway With Testimonial Events
Jimmy Conway, who retired last November as OYSA State Coach after serving 28 years, will be honored by Oregon Youth Soccer Association and the Northwest soccer community in a variety of events later this summer
In addition to his many years of service to youth soccer, Jimmy had an outstanding amateur and pro career in Ireland and England and played 20 games for Ireland's national team. In 1978, he joined the Portland Timbers and eventually became captain of the former North American Soccer League side. He was assistant coach of the Timbers from 1980-82 and 2001-05.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Jimmy's friends will gather in the morning for a golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. That same date, at 7:45 pm, a testimonial dinner will be held in the Torrey Pines Room at the Tiger Woods Center on Nike's campus in Beaverton. Former Timbers' coach Bobby Howe will be Master of Ceremonies and Cliff McCrath, former coach of Seattle Pacific University, will be guest speaker. The dinner will be preceded by a silent auction. Registration for both events will be open to the public in mid-June. Proceeds of the events and auction will benefit the Alzheimer's Association-Oregon Chapter; Jimmy has been diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia.
The following event — Thurs., Aug. 26 — will feature a special testimonial game by the Timbers at PGE Park to salute Jimmy. At 5 p.m., a group of former Timbers players will meet a Select Oregon XI (comprised of players Jimmy formerly coached) in an abbreviated match before the Timbers host the Austin Aztex at 7 p.m. At halftime of that contest, the Timbers also will honor their former player, captain and assistant coach.
Additionally, in September, the soccer programs at University of Portland, Oregon State and Pacific each will host "College Appreciation Day for Jimmy Conway" at their respective campuses in conjunction with matches involving their men's teams. Jimmy coached at Pacific from 1983-87 and at OSU from 1988-98.
Oregon soccer, including the OYSA, will honor Jimmy by funding a coaching scholarship in his name.
As each organization working on the Testimonial finalizes its participation (times, etc.), we will link our site to those events, so continue to check oregonyouthsoccer.org for updates.
*Public registration for these events will be available in mid-June
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