Claire Bieber Named Kentucky TOPSoccer and Region II Buddy of the Year
Each year, the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association recognizes those volunteers, coaches, administrators and refereees who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duties.
This year Claire Bieber was recognized as the Kentucky and Region II TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year. Claire and her family (Lowell, Jeff and Joan) have been involved with TOPS since the program began. Claire is a junior at Lexington Catholic High School. Claire helps anywhere she isneeded. She has been a buddy, an assistant coach, she helps with volunteer check in (along with her dad Jeff) and even helps get snack together for the players. She is the first to arrive and the last to leave.
Claire and her parents will travel to the National USYSA Meeting in Baltimore Maryland. USYSA has four regions and one volunteer is selected from each region. The national award winner will be selected on January 16 at the USYSA Awards Gala. Claire is the third volunteer from our program that has won both the Kentucky and the Region II Award.
The TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year must demonstrate patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. This person is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader, and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-to-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun experience.
Photo: Claire accepting her award in Louisville with TOPSoccer Director Jessie Birdwhistell.
Spring 2016 Dates Announced
The spring season will begin on Sunday, April 10 at Kentucky Indoor Soccer and Sports, 404 Sporting Way. All sessions are held on Sundays between 1 and 3 pm. We will also participate in forming teams for Special Olympics Soccer, coached by Tai Punsuchart and Connor Laramore. Information on Special Olympics will be sent by email since tournament dates and times are not available as of January 5, 2016. Sessions are as follows:
Sunday April 10, 17 and 24
Sunday May 1, 8, 15 and 22
We will post additional dates and information soon.
Thank You for A Great Fall 2015 Season
We enjoyed a wonderful fall season. We had 60 athletes participate and a wonderful goup of volunteers; all working together to make the season a success. TOPS families and athletes participated in an end of the season Halloween and Awards party (great costumes and losts of fun) and a family bowling night at Eastland Bowling Lanes. We also participated in the Cincinnati Fall Classic Tournament.
We would like to thank several groups that help make TOPS possible. We could not have TOPS without our volunteers, friends, sponsors, and donors.
Collins Bowling - For helping us with a great rate and getting the pizza and drinks ready and delivered quickly.
Raising Cane's - For providing their delicious chicken and dipping sauce at the end of the season event. They have provided food for the last five years. If you stop in at Cane's, thank them for thier support of TOPS!
Rod Hatfield Chevrolet and the Chevy Youth Soccer Program - This is the sixth year they have been involved with our program. They provide funds, a free soccer camp, and equipment. Thank you Christina Zwischenberger, John Egnot and Rod Hatfield!
Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation - Once again, one of our past volunteers and their family has allowed us the opportunity to apply for and to receive a generous grant from the Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation. Their grant is one of the main reasons we have a TOPSoccer program in our community. Many of you may not know but most of what we do is supported by this grant and donations. We really appreciate the Bruggemann Family for their time as volunteers and for allowing our program the opportunity to receive a Murray grant.
Also, we thank everyone that makes our program possible. It is a labor of love for all of us that are involved. It is an honor to get to work with so many great volunteers, athletes and their family members.
Look forward to seeing everone in the spring!
Hutchison and Birdwhistell Receive KYSA Awards
Each year, the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association recognizes those volunteers, coaches, admninistrators and referees who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duties.
This year two TOPS volunteers were recognized. Chris Hutchison was named the Kentucky TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and Jessie Birdwhistell was named the Kentucky Volunteer of the Year. We are really proud of Chris and Jessie and appreciate all they do for TOPS and for the soccer community. Congratulations to both of you!!!!
Here is how KYSA describes those awards:
The TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year must demonstrate patience, understanding, dependability, flexibilty and ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. This person is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-on-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.
The Volunteer of the Year recognizes the soccer volunteer who is a positive role model for the community beyond soccer, yet receives no compensation for the efforts. This person demonstrates a willingness to promote soccer and helps increase the opportunity for others to participate in soccer.
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