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Join The Washington Youth Soccer Volunteer Corps!

In December, we introduced you to the Washington Youth Soccer Volunteer Corps, a statewide organization committed to helping Washington Youth Soccer achieve its goals of creating opportunities for over 140,000 kids across the state of Washington to enjoy, and benefit from, the game we all love.

Since that initial introduction, Washington Youth Soccer has received a positive response from parents, players and other members of the Washington Youth Soccer family who want to have fun and lend a hand in any way they can, be it by assisting with one of the many positions to be filled at State Cup, or in other events throughout the year.

While the focus of the Volunteer Corps was initially on State Cups — filling the important positions of Field Marshal, Set-Up and Break-Down Crew, Team Host, Announcers, Program Sales, Admissions and more — the state is hoping to expand the program to reach into all areas of community service this year.

As the Volunteer Corps continues to grow in numbers and scope, we are hopeful to broaden it out beyond just State Cups and turn the program into a really powerful tool to make a difference in our local communities,” says Washington Youth Soccer’s Marketing & Events Coordinator Elizabeth Flannery, who also oversees the Volunteer Corps program. “We have over 140,000 players in the state, and every one of them has parents, friends … if we could get even a few of those individuals to volunteer their time, there’s a huge potential for Washington Youth Soccer to have a significant impact in the well-being of our communities, outside of soccer.

Flannery says that State Cups and other state-hosted events, because of their sheer size and scope, will always require a significant volunteer commitment to run smoothly. However, in addition to providing a talented and eager pool of volunteers for those key events, she envisions the Washington Youth Soccer Volunteer Corps expanding into other areas including rebuilding parks, planting trees and other non-soccer-related initiatives.

In that way, Flannery would like to see the Washington Youth Soccer Volunteer Corps become somewhat similar, at a local level, to the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community Service Program, a collaborative effort to combine sport and service, promote good will within MLS markets and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level. Washington Youth Soccer partnered with MLS W.O.R.K.S. during the week prior to the 2009 MLS Cup in Seattle last November to build a new playground for the more than 600 students of Seattle’s Van Asselt Elementary School, and to clean up, plant trees and restore green spaces in the downtown area around Qwest Field.

The turnout that we had for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. events the week of the MLS Cup really showed us the power of the Washington Youth Soccer community to make a difference for communities in our state,” Flannery says. “Our goal now is to build upon that enthusiastic base of volunteers and expand the program to the point where we are making a regular impact in communities statewide.

To learn more about the Washington Youth Soccer Volunteer Corps, or to find out how you can help make a difference in your community, contact Elizabeth Flannery at elizabeth@wsysa.com.

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