President Bids Farewell
I've spent the last 12 years on the Board of Oregon Youth Soccer in varying capacities, and the last five years as OYSA President. Over the years with Oregon Youth Soccer, I have developed a true admiration for the hard work and dedication performed by hundreds of club volunteers and paid staff each year.
In their younger years, I watched my own children play soccer and observed them over time as they learned life lessons from the game, and as players on the team. They learned the importance of teamwork, as well as the value of their individual accomplishments. Even today as they are in their 20s and 30s, I can see the influences that participation in soccer developed in their lives — they are team-oriented and goal-directed.
As President of Oregon Youth Soccer, I have been fortunate to have been able participate in many, many soccer events throughout Oregon, from helping with TOPSoccer Programs; to Recreational, President's Cup and State Cup Tournaments. I have awarded countless medals to players and awards to the coaches and volunteers who work tirelessly to make soccer work in Oregon. I have made myself available to clubs as they start up operations, watched an Oregon Team win a National Championship this past year, assisted with Oregon's Olympic Development Program, and have even driven an injured player and her mother to a local hospital.
As a volunteer myself, and through all these and many more experiences, I have always tried to keep one single ideal in mind — we do what we do for our children and young adults so they can play soccer, experience team and individual responsibility, and to help them become successful adults in future years.
In July I was elected Deputy Director of United States Youth Soccer Region IV, and I cannot hold both offices concurrently. As a result of my new position, I will resign as President of Oregon Youth Soccer during the October Board Meeting. I have truly enjoyed all the hard work I've done for the Association over the last 12 years and will continue to give back to the game through my new position in Region IV.
Finally, Oregon Youth Soccer provides many important programs for Oregon's children and young adults of all abilities so they can play soccer in a safe and skill-level-appropriate environment. I want to thank the countless volunteers, club board members and staff, coaches, and others in Oregon's soccer community who give so freely of their time for soccer in Oregon. Oregon Youth Soccer could not deliver these services without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
See you on the pitch.
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