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BEST OF THE BEST
Washington Youth Soccer honors its best at Annual Awards Luncheon; winners now eligible for Region IV honors
Each year throughout the state of Washington, hundreds of teams are crowned Champions of State Cups, local and regional tournaments. They receive trophies, medals, publicity on league and state websites, and are recognized by their peers and the soccer community.
Their successes, though, tell just a small part of the story of Washington Youth Soccer, where victories are often marked by events other than the final score — the smile of a player who finds friendship and camaraderie on the TOPSoccer field, the team of kids from an underserved community who find joy in new uniforms or a new turf pitch, or other similar stories.
Each of these “victories” — from those under the spotlights at Starfire Sports, to those on the small community fields far from the public eye — are made possible by the thousands of coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and others who have dedicated their time and efforts to improving the lives of young soccer players statewide.
That’s why, on May 19, Washington Youth Soccer representatives from across the state gathered together at the Holiday Inn Seattle in Renton to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals at the 2012 Annual Awards Luncheon.
Nominations were submitted throughout the year by each of the State’s seven Districts, from which one winner was selected in each of the nine categories — Coach of the Year (boys and girls, both recreational and competitive), Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and Young Referee of the Year (both male and female).
Each of the winners will become the State’s nominee for US Youth Soccer Region IV Awards, to be announced in January. Winners at the Regional level are then submitted for national recognition at February’s US Youth Soccer Annual Awards Gala.
Washington Youth Soccer wishes to thank not only the deserving nominees and winners, but each of the thousands of volunteers statewide who are helping our young people develop through the game of soccer. It is because of hard-working and dedicated individuals like yourselves that we are able to continue to grow our membership and spread the joy and benefits of soccer to even more of our state’s youth.
Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, and best of luck to our deserving winners!
2012 Washington Youth Soccer Annual Awards Nominees
Boys Coach of the Year – Recreation
Girls Coach of the Year – Recreation
Boys Coach of the Year – Competitive
Girls Coach of the Year – Competitive
Young Male Referee of the Year
Young Female Referee of the Year
Administrator of the Year
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
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