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Soccer Rhode Island 10th Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner Clube Juventude Lusitana Sunday March 13th, 2016


Message from the President of Soccer Rhode Island WELCOME to all!! It is with honor and pleasure I welcome you all to the 2016 Annual Soccer Rhode Island Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner. It is a special day to say THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to the many volunteers and players & referee’s for making SRI what it is today. th This being our 10 year, the dinner has grown in its value and signifcance. This was by far our best year for nominatons, in general, in all categories. The choices were difcult and challenging, yet a pleasure to award. All candidates were worthy and, I hope, contnue to excel and are nominated again. This dinner means a lot to myself personally, and the whole BOD of Soccer Rhode Island. We sometmes think we are going through all this for nothing, untl we are reminded by the comments made about the nominees. The comments made about our adult volunteers, whom are all special, to the players and their accomplishments. Without taking any value away from our award winners, the Hall of Fame Inductees are very special. They are our history and foundaton. Without their attudes and perseverance the organizaton would not have grown to be what it is today. At this tme I would also like to thank the BOD and their families for the countless hours they put into their dutes for the player benefts of SRI. They are all volunteers themselves, but worth as much as any pro athlete in my mind. Thanks are something we never give enough of untl it’s too late. I would like to repeat a moto that I like keep in mind at all tmes, whether coaching or making administratve decisions: “ It is an honor and pleasure to work with the youth; not a right.” My sincere thanks to the Clube Juventude Lusitana for hostng our awards dinner. The culture and history of this club in Rhode Island are immense. Thanks again for being here this afernoon, and have a wonderful tme!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!! Steve Votolato President – Soccer Rhode Island


Soccer Rhode Island is Proud and Honored to have Darrius Barnes Representng the New England Revoluton as our Guest Speaker for the 2016 SRI Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet


Soccer Rhode Island would like to Thank our Sponsor Sport Pins Internatonal for supplying each Award Winner with a great looking Plaque


2016 Award Recipients Boys Recreatonal Player of the Year Female Recreatonal Referee of the Year Luke Reiner Erin McConnell Girls Recreatonal Player of the Year Male Rookie Referee of the Year Cheyenne Falcone Naoufal Hmiddouche Boys Compettve Player of the Year Female Rookie Referee of the Year Adam Corey Claire Grover Girls Compettve Player of the Year Male Adult Referee of the Year Morgan Morse Daniel Deburgo Boys ODP Player of the Year Female Adult Referee of the Year Andualem Chisholm Erin Polselli Girls ODP Player of the Year Adult Male Volunteer of the Year Grace Faulkner Paul Counts Boys Premier Player of the Year Adult Female Volunteer of the Year Rafael Jesus Sheri Coates Girls Premier Player of the Year Adult Outstanding Achievement Olivia Idowu Dawn Cabral Youth Outstanding Acheivement Boys Team Manager of the Year Tara Horoho Kathy Fletcher Corinne Ciummo Girls Team Manager of the Year TOPSoccer Player of the Year Keith Lacourse Abigail Grace Boys Recreatonal Coach of the Year TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Phillip Nunez Zoe Tobias Kaplan Girls Recreatonal Coach of the Year TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year Jamie Rufn Alyssa Ricci Boys Compettve Coach of the Year Stacie LeClaire Todd Cook Youth Volunteer of the Year Girls Compettve Coach of the Year Howie Reiner Nick Izzi Male Youth Referee of the Year Boys Premier Coach of the Year Andrew Calle Kevin DosSantos Female Youth Referee of the Year Girls Premier Coach of the Year Georgia Stnchfeld Mark Faria Male Recreatonal Referee of the Year TOPSoccer Coach of the Year Caleb Sekell Beth Keeling


2015 Award Recipients Registrar of the Year Bob Enright President of the Year Doyle Byrd Joseph Racca Memorial Volunteer Award Kathy Dixon Inductees into the SRI Hall of Fame Clif Snow Jack Groh James Buxton Marshall Bruce Mann Mary-Kate Mulligan Rob Stone Sylvester C Serra Jr.


Boys Recreatonal Player of the Year Luke Reiner Luke Reiner is a ten year old soccer player in CLCF. He started in the Revoluton ulitles clinic when he was 3 y/o and has played every CLCF rec session since. In some sessions he has played on multple teams and ages, so that the older age group would have enough kids to play. He has been on rec teams that have never won, and teams that never lost, but it never stopped him from smiling and having fun. He has played every compettve session on the CLCF select A team since he was six years old on top of playing rec. He has played in leagues at WWIS, Teamworks and has played Futsal representng CLCF. He has done many Camps, Tournaments, and the Revoluton RDS training every year since he started playing soccer. He was on the U10 4v4 team that represented CLCF in the Revoluton summer tournament at Gillete this past summer. He has represented CLCF every year at the Amherst N.H. tournament on Memorial day weekend. He is one of the most skilled players of ANY age in CLCF and he has helped both his recreatonal and compettve teams achieve great success. He plays exclusively for CLCF and is proud to represent his city if you ask him. Luke has actually recruited at least ten players from his school that had never played the sport of soccer into CLCF. He ran a recess game at school in frst and second grade, and by third grade he had transitoned most of those boys and girls into CLCF soccer. Two of those boys that Luke brought to rec from school actually started for the only CLCF anchor team last session. Everyone wants to play with Luke because he is so much fun to be around. He keeps in touch with friends he has made from rival town organizatons and does camps in their towns to be with them. When Luke's younger sister has her games he always sits and cheers her on and usually even brings a group of random supporters with him. He helps when he can at his sisters practces and ofen demonstrates the actvites. Practce ofen ends with all the litle girls dragging Luke down to the ground laughing for some reason but he's a good sport and plays along. Luke Reiner was nominated by his father Howie Reiner CLCF Soccer Associaton


Girls Recreatonal Player of the Year Cheyenne Falcone Cheyanne (Chay) has been playing since she was inside of her mothers belly...lol. She is tny but is determined to get the ball, no mater how far she has to run. She plays for the westerly middle school, compettve and recreatonal programs. When she fnished practce with the middle schoolers she joined our recreatonal team and ran like a gazelle. She was a huge asset to my recreatonal team this year. Chay has made the middle school team each year since she joined middle school and has also made every compettve team she has tried out for. Chay takes each soccer practce very seriously and when some of her other teammates aren’t listening she approaches them and lets them know about their behavior. At the games she is always the frst one to gether all players for a team discussion on game plan and tactcs. On the feld she is always pushing her teammates & herself to step up. When another play got hurt she was the frst one to ask everyone to take a knee. She never gave up on an almost impossible pass. She always fghts like a warrior on the feld and has lead the team to numerous victories Chay is also on the Junior Honors Society. Cheyenne Falcone was nominated by her coach Jorge Alves Westerly Youth Soccer


Boys Compettve Player of the Year Adam Corey Adam Corey was the top player on the 2015 SCYSC's Boys U19 Team coached by Bob Gulla. With Adam on the team, Coach Gulla's team represented RI at the Region 1 Championship. Adam was adroit at every positon on the feld and was a key reason that Coach Gulla's team won several Anchor DIvision Superliga Champions between the tmes they were playing U12 through U19. Opposing coaches, ofen college coaches would constantly ask what school Adam was going to atend. Adam was a threat from anywhere on the feld and with Adam on the feld the team was compettve even playing short-handed one or two players. Adam was a consummate sports- man and always a humble player despite his enormous talent. Captain 2013-2015 - 2015 RI State Champions 2015 - 2008 RI State Champions - 2013 All Region XXI Honors - 2012 RI High School All Division 1 - 2009 RI Skills champion - 2009 Elks Club Shootout Champion - ODP (Rider Cup, Costa Rica) - Wickford Middle School record most goals scored in a season (36) Adam enjoys playing soccer. He also was the consummate team player. Typical- ly the most skilled on the feld, Adam played where ever the team needed him: keeper, defense, mid-feld or forward. Despite conficts with other High School and extracurricular actvites, Adam would ofen make every practce because he enjoyed the game. He was captain the last three years on the team. As a player, Adam was Messi-like, in that he could maneuver through the opponent ofen while being fouled but was catlike maintaining his balance despite being fouled. He would never complain and let the referees call the game. Adam is also a skilled basketball player and volunteers as a Summer Camp Coun- cilor Adam Corey was nominated by Andrew Gagnon South County Youth Soccer Club


Girls Compettve Player of the Year Morgan Morse Morgan has been a compettve player her whole life and has pushed herself to get beter and beter each year. She has taken a deep understanding of the game of soccer itself and her positon and role on the feld. She has learned how to utlize her skills to excel in her positon and has learned how to become excellent at what she does. Morgan is a top notch compettor and lays it all out on the feld every tme she steps out there. She has pushed herself to earn a varsity spot on her high school team since her sophomore year and has been a top three goal scorer for her school since then. She shows up every day to practces and games and plays them like they are her last chance. You very rarely see this in young girls and she is a leader and inspiraton to her other teammates. She shows up every day to practces and games and plays them like they are her last chance. You very rarely see this in young girls and she is a leader and inspira- ton to her other teammates. She is always there to pick up her teammates whenever needed and never gets down on them. She understands that no one is perfect and that the game isn't perfect so there is no need to get down on peo- ple. She always is vocal in leading her team on the feld and every word out of her mouth is nothing but positve. Morgan has been a volunteer coach at BGYSA for years working with U-6's and U- 8's and trying to teach them the game of soccer. She does this each fall on Sun- day mornings and will contnue to do this. Morgan will be a coach someday as she has this natural inclinaton to lead and help others. She also tutors and men- tors middle school kids in math and has volunteered with the MS society and Special Olympics. Morgan Morse was nominated by Jef Lavigne Burrillville/Glocester Youth Soccer Associaton


The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy To identfy players of the highest caliber on a contnuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. Natonal Teams in the internatonal arena. Purpose The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identfy a pool of players in each age group from which a Natonal Team will be selected for internatonal competton; to provide high-level training to beneft and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching. Program Descripton History In 1979, the program expanded, the organizaton became more efcient and mult-year plans were developed. State Associatons were encouraged to develop programs which supported and worked in tandem with Natonal and Regional programs. At the beginning of 1982 a formalized program for girls was created, with the additon of a full commitee (one member from each Region). Current Organizaton From 1982 untl the present, internatonal events for youth natonal teams have increased substantally and the US Youth Soccer ODP has kept pace by insttutng trials and player pools for fve age groups in the boys' program, and fve age groups in the girls' program. How are Players Selected? Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state associaton coaches who are recognized for their ability to identfy and train players with superior skills. Some state associatons combine scoutng techniques and invitatons to certain players with the open tryouts. Selecton of these players is not an easy task. The state associaton head coach or State Coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selecton process by several other qualifed coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player: 1. Technique 2. Tactcs 3. Fitness and Athletc Ability 4. Psychological Component (attude)


Boys ODP Soccer Player of the Year Andualem Chisholm Andy has been in the ODP program for 3 years. He is a hard working atacking minded player that scores goals on physical strength, grit, and determinaton. He has been commited to the ODP program and all our events. At training he is focused and respectul to staf and teammates. He has been a leader within our boys training pool. Andy has a compettve nature and a great work rate, setng the standard for those around him in games and training. This past year he was named to the Region I pool for the second year in a row. Andy was also selected for the boys interregional event in Boca where he had a solid showing, scoring a goal in one game to help his team to a win. Girls ODP Soccer Player of the Year Grace Faulkner Grace has been in the ODP program for 3 years. She is hard working, respectul to teammates and coaching staf, and dedicated to the program. She is constantly pushing herself to be a beter player. At training she is always on tme and atentve. She leads the training pool with both her actons and her words. Grace understands how to play simple, making it easy for her to jump into any environment and be successful. She is not looking to be fashy but instead just get the job done. Grace is a tremendous representatve of the SRI ODP program! Last year was her second year making the Region I pool and she was also selected for the thanksgiving interregional event in Florida. Andualem Chisholm & Grace Faulkner were nominated by Christna Maciel ODP Director of Coaches


Congratulatons to all Recipients of the 2016 Soccer Rhode Island Awards A very special “Thank You” to all of the Lusitana winners for everything you do for Lusitana FC and soccer.


Boys Premier Soccer Player of the Year Rafael Jesus Rafael started playing soccer at a very young age, and never stopped learning and developing his soccer skills. He's been involved in premier soccer at diferent clubs and always stuck to his development, learning from diferent coaches, but at the same tme keeping his own style! This past year Rafael scored over 25 goals for his High school team, leading them to a state championship. Was named an all state and ranked #5 for all New England. His soccer skills has caught the atenton of a few colleges' coaches, he has decided to contnue his soccer career at Springfeld College. Rafael is a Natural leader, was the captain oh his high school team and he has been a captain at Lusitana Sports since he join the club! He's such a technical player that opponents try very hard to be physical with him, but instead of fghtng back, he just keeps his fghtng on the ball to back sure he gets it in the back of the net! Rafael Jesus was nominated by Luis DeCastro Lusitana Sports Futebol Club


Girls Premier Player of the Year Olivia Idowu Having seen Olivia play over a long period, including for her high school team, her skills as keeper are rarely matched by opposing keepers. She has the ability to keep her body in control while making multple saves in a row from a furry of strikes. She also sees the feld well and works well with the defenders in front of her. She is also fearless and willingly sacrifces herself to make a stop. To maintain and enhance her skills, in additon to ofseason work, she is an actve partcipant in our club's goalie training program. The premier league we play in understandably does not recognize individual players. I do know that this past year she was chosen All-Division by RI high school coaches. It is an achievement she earned through hard work, being coachable and being a good teammate. As for sportsmanship, she is the frst one to give an opposing team its due for a game well played. She never gets down on her teammates as she understands that you win and lose as a team. By doing these things, she has developed into a leader with the girls. She has her fnger on the pulse of the team and knows when to lighten the mood. Olivia is actve in her church community. Olivia Idowu was nominated by Mark Faria Lusitana Sports Futebol Club


US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilites, organized by youth soccer associaton volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilites to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family. How do I partcipate? Contact your local US Youth Soccer State Associaton ofce to fnd out more about getng involved with a local US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program. TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement which is, in part, \"to foster the physical, mental and emotonal growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competton.\" There are thousands of children with disabilites who need, and can be provided with, the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer program.


TOPSoccer Player of the Year Abigail Grace Abbey has improved tremendously skills wise since last season. She used to just lay down when she had has enough. She did not want to partcipate in the actual soccer playing involved. This year she pushed herself every week. This year we provided her a rope soccer ball kicking net so she could walk around the feld at her own leisure but with a ball always with her. She didn't have to worry about having the ball travel far away from her. It was always right next to her no mater how hard she kicked it. I think this provided a sense of security for her. Having the ball always at her disposal really helped develop her skills. She became more comfortable kicking and ball so when it came tme for group actvites she was much more willing to partcipate. Abbey has grown as an individual during her training with TOPSoccer. She has worked on new ways to deal with her frustratons that did not compromise her training. She has become much more comfortable answering questons when asked. Abbey has developed her communicaton skills and worked on her personal coping mechanisms for stressful situatons. She has grown tremendously. I think the improvement Abbey has made over this past year is the best example of leadership any TOPSoccer player can have. She has been the best example of what we want our program to do. TOPSoccer is all about the kids, and how we as members of a soccer loving community can help these kids grow. Abbey has made the ideal improvements this program strives to achieve. I think her success is a great example of leadership. Abbey is a young girl who sufers from disabilites that compromise her ability to play soccer in the recreatonal leagues. TOPSoccer has made a diference to her because it has helped bring her out of her shell. Last year she was very reserved and kept to herself. This year she was much more willing to partcipate and interact with the other players as well as with the buddies. TOPSoccer has given Abbey a place where she can be herself. She can play at her leisure, but is pushed to be her best. I think TOPSoccer is helping Abbey grow as an individual and has helped her develop further interpersonal and communicaton skills. Abigail Grace was nominated by Stephanie Ricci TOPSoccer Coordinator/Coach for Smithfeld Youth Soccer


TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Zoe Tobias Kaplan Zoe is a very intelligent, mature and compassionate young woman. By combining these atributes with the soccer skills she developed as a player in our recreatonal program, Zoe has become an amazing TOPSoccer Buddy. Each session, she comes with a positve attude and genuine compassion for the players with whom she interacts. As a result, she is able to bring out the best in our most challenging players. Among an amazing group of youth Buddies in Cumberland, Zoe stands out as a leader who takes her role very seriously, but very much understands that her role is to teach the game of soccer to our players while making it fun for them. Zoe is a freshman at Cumberland High School. Zoe played for CYSA from U5 through U12. She also played Sofball through the town. She switched to cross country and track, and she was on the Cumberland High School Cross Country team this fall and is currently on their Indoor Track team this winter. While in middle school, Zoe was an Elected Representatve in student council and received the 2015 Williams College Award as well as the 2015 \"E\" Award for \"Showing Enthusiasm\" at her Middle School graduaton. Zoe has also taken part in the Cumberland Youth Commission since it began about 3 years ago. She served on the board for 2014-2015 and was recognized for her service and for demonstratng leadership and desire to beter her community. As set forth above, Zoe is very much a leader, both in CYSA and in other aspects of her life. Even in school, Zoe's teachers have recognized her as a great student but also a positve additon to their classes, helping other students stay on task. She was selected by her science teacher to apply to the Brown University Pre- college summer program called SPARK for middle school science this past summer, and she was selected for the program! Zoe has been a TOPS Buddy for three years, and each year she has shown amazing growth. This year, I asked Zoe to work with one of youngest players. who was struggling to separate from his parents during our early sessions. Zoe not only accepted the challenge, but she thrived in her role as Buddy to this player. When we frst began our fall season, the player was very shy. With Zoe's guidance, this young man came out of his shell, became more independent, and truly came to enjoy our training sessions. Abigail Grace was nominated by William Bagley Cumberland Youth Soccer


Soccer Rhode Island (SRI) Compettve Soccer Events for 2016 May 21st & 22nd, 2016 RI Championships Finals U12-U18 Teams June 4th & 5th, 2016 U8 & U10 Festval June 11th & 12th, 2016 Soccer Rhode Island Cup 2016 Kohls Cup Date: TBD


Soccer Rhode Island Sanctoned Tournaments for 2016 G4S Invitatonal Cup Memorial Day Weekend May 28th & 29th, 2016 htp://www.goals4sports.com/g4s_tournaments North Kingstown Father's Day Classic June 18th & 19th, 2016 www.NKFathersDayClassic.org The Vincenzo Nigro Memorial Tournament June 25th & 26th, 2016 htp://www.vnigrosoccer.com/ South County Seaside Classic July 9th & 10th, 2016 htp://www.seasideclassic.com/ GOAL 4 Rams Six on Six Soccer Tournament July 30th & 31st, 2016 htp://www.goal4rams.com Barrington Invitatonal Soccer Tournament Dates: November 5 & 6, 2016 htp://www.BarringtonSoccer-RI.org


Male Youth Referee of the Year Andrew Calle Andrew has played soccer since the age of four. His youth career included premier soccer with Bayside F.C and four years on the William E. Tolman High School varsity squad, and appointed captain senior year. In order to experience a diferent aspect of the sport he is passionate for, Andrew became a grade 9 referee in 2009. With hard work he worked his way up to become a Grade 7 Referee. Andrew is currently a sophomore at Roger Williams University, and contnue to focus on his development as a referee. In 2015 Andrew worked over 130 assignments, more than any other referee in the state. He has been appointed to numerous regional events and tournaments and was proud to represent Rhode Island at the Region 1 Championships in West Virginia this year. Andrew feels that his biggest accomplishment as a referee has been able to remain involved in soccer, by giving back to the sport that he loves. He describes himself as someone that is ambitous to achieve all his goals, by remaining a humble and well-rounded person. Female Youth Referee of the Year Georgia Stnchfeld Georgia has been refereeing since about ten years old. Refereeing town league games to traveling around New England to atend tournaments and refereeing at the women’s age level. Georgia has developed skills over the years by just gaining as much experience as she could and learning from those refs around her. Traveling to a variety of tournaments within the last two years, all of which she fnds to be an accomplishment because they all gave her such an opportunity for furthering her skills and the chance to meet people that have taken their referee careers to beyond just a hobby. These tournaments were all over New England and had a variety of skilled referees brought in to help make the referee that she is today. Georgia feels that her accomplishments are being recognized as having the ability to move up the ranks as a referee and having the opportunites to go to tournaments, both in and out of state, being included in the state referee panel and getng this award. Rhode Island State Referee Commitee


Male Recreatonal Referee of the Year Caleb Sekell Caleb began refereeing recreatonal games for the Chariho Youth Soccer Associaton in the fall of 2014. He enjoyed that experience so much, that in the winter he obtained his USSF certfcaton for the spring of 2015. At that point, he began ofciatng Super Liga games in Chariho as well as three other nearby towns. Last year, as a referee for both his local recreatonal program as well as Super Liga, he was able to work nearly 70 matches ranging from U-8’s to U-16’s. In additon, he helped ofciate tournaments in both Rhode Island and Connectcut throughout the spring and fall seasons. It was an honor to be invited to referee middle school games this fall and he hopes to contnue next season. Being a referee has given him the opportunity to learn many new skills. From contactng assignors, managing schedules and paperwork to interact with lots of diferent people, he has grown in his leadership and ability to work in the community. Female Recreatonal Referee of the Year Erin McConnell Erin McConnell has playing soccer as long as she can remember, though she actually started when she was 3. Erin played in the local youth league in her hometown in Massachusets. When she moved to Barrington in 2011, she picked up where she lef of in the Barrington Youth Soccer League, or BYSA. In the summer of 2014, prompted on by friends and family, she registered as a referee, working both for the Barrington Soccer House League and Super Liga. At the end of the Spring 2015 soccer season, she was chosen as a referee for the Rhode Island State Cup. This is her frst full year as a referee, and she is glad to be given the honor of such an award. Erin is looking forward to hopefully many more years as a ref and maybe even progressing to a grade 8 referee soon. Rhode Island State Referee Commitee


Male Rookie Referee of the Year Naoufal Hmiddouche Naoufal Hmiddouche is from Morocco (Meknes), 2 Hours west of the Capital Rabat. He came to the United States 14 years ago to complete his advanced degree at Johnson & Wales University with a Masters Degree in Marketng and Business Administraton. Back in Morocco Naoufal was a Professional Soccer Player with his town team. He suddenly stopped playing when he decided to come here for his studies. Naoufal coached a CLCF U10 with Michael and Patricia Prew last year. While watching the games he decided to pursue a referring career, as he always thought it was what he wanted to do if he stopped playing professionally. Also all his friends advised him to do so. As a referee Naoufal tries to control the game from the start by following all the rules and the laws of the game. Naoufal’s strength is his personality, as he always stays enthusiastc and positve. Naoufal feels that it is very important to respect the coaches, players and everyone on or around the feld in order to get the same respect back. He enjoys the moments refereeing youth and children under 12 years old as he likes to make it a very enjoyable experience for them while playing soccer. Naoufal feels that it is very important that he always keep in mind, that as a referee he is supposed to be a role model on the feld. He also feels that it is very important to maintain control of the game from the start. Naoufal commented on Sportsmanship; “He notced that when a player of one team got hurt, the opposite team will always pass the ball back to the injured players team. That is a good sportsmanship that I like to see more ofen.” His biggest achievement for last year was to referee high school games and do as many as 90 Super Liga games between spring and fall. Naoufal received many compliments and positve feedback from coaches, players, spectators and assignors and that gave him more motvaton to learn more and improve his skills to achieve higher goals. Naoufal commented: “I appreciate that the Rhode Island Soccer Referee Commitee has given me this opportunity and has always been very helpful and supportve throughout my career. Thank you to all of the Assignors that have helped along the way.” Rhode Island State Referee Commitee


Female Rookie Referee of the Year Claire Grover Claire is a 14-year old, 8th grader at Barrington Middle School. She has been refereeing soccer games in the East Bay area for about 2 years and is currently a Grade 9 referee. Long before she refereed her frst game, Claire started playing soccer in the Barrington Youth Soccer program. Two years ago, she received the PACE award from her Barrington coach for good performance, attude, commitment, and efort. She is now one of the leaders on her U14 NEFC premier team that has been part of many tournaments in the northeast and that won the Rhode Island State Cup last year. Claire is a hardworking athlete and good student who loves the sport of soccer, and is looking forward to playing for Barrington High School next fall, while contnuing to progress to the next referee grade level. Rhode Island State Referee Commitee Are you interested in becoming a Referee? Go to www.risrc.net For more informaton


Male Adult Referee of the Year Daniel Deburgo Daniel DeBurgo was born on the island of Brava in the country of Cape Verde. He made the journey to the states in June of 1984 and his referee history began in the summer of 2008. From watching the professionals and from being a soccer player himself for over 40 years, his referee skills stem. A few achievements of his include becoming a Grade 6 and being able to represent USSF at some soccer games of the highest skill level in the state. Daniel tries to set examples of sportsmanship and leadership by being professional, honest, prepared, passionate, and by having a love for the game. His biggest accomplishment as a referee would include being able to referee all ages especially amateurs at the over 30, and over 40 level statewide. Daniel commented that; “I’ve had the privilege to referee varsity high school regular season games, an ODP interstate tournament in New Jersey and tournaments in Massachusets. I am also looking forward to refereeing in the NCAA next year.” Female Adult Referee of the Year Erin Polselli Prior to being involved as a referee, Erin Polselli has been involved with the game of soccer for over 25 years. She was a four-year college starter for both the University of Tampa and Wentworth Insttute, where she earned her bachelor's degree in computer engineering in 2005. Soon afer graduatng, Polselli coached both club and high school teams in Massachusets and Rhode Island. Highlights of Polselli’s post-collegiate career include travelling with the Massachusets Women's State Select Team that competed annually in the Donnelly Cup. As a referee, Erin's most memorable accomplishment was during the 2015 Fall Season, where she was selected to be part of the crew for the RI Girls Division I Championship Game. She's currently pursuing a USSF grade 7, and has aspiratons in becoming an NCAA ofcial in and around the New England area. Polselli thoroughly enjoys ofciatng in RI and looks forward to working with others who share the same passion for the sport. Rhode Island State Referee Commitee


CLCF Soccer Congratulates all Award Winners & Hall of Fame Inductees And is very proud of Luke Reiner Boys Recreatonal Player of the Year Naoufal Hmiddouche Male Referee Rookie of the Year Phillip Nunez Boys Recreatonal Coach of the Year


2015 Boys Recreatonal Coach of the Year Phillip Nunez Phillip’s players atend all the practce sessions were he helps build relatonships with his team. It's almost second nature, a sort of in-built telepathy as Phillip knows where people are going to be on the feld, and what they're going to do with the ball. Phillip states that “Chemistry for teams works the same at home, as it does abroad. You have to learn to live with the good and bad about everyone. When you step over the line on the feld, you're as one. You've got to be as one of the feld as well.” Social actvites bond teams together so you can understand each other's personalites. Players in our internatonal soccer schools take cultural excursions together. You can do the same thing with your local team. Soccer is a risky game to some extent, but as a person coaching youth soccer Phillip is regularly inspectng the practce felds, game felds, and equipment to ensure they're in working order. Phillip lets players know that they'll learn the safest techniques and works with both players and parents on an emergency acton plan to follow, should an injury occur. Phillip Nunez was nominated by Steve Arnold & Edgar Castllo CLCF Youth Soccer Associaton 2015 Girls Recreatonal Coach of the Year Jamie Rufn Coach Jamie has been involved in her kids soccer lives for many years and has really honed in on her skills as a soccer player. Sometmes the coaches are there as a volunteer but under Coach Jamie, my daughter grew so much as a player. Coach Jamie saw the potental in all the girls and worked with them on strengthening their talent. Even when the girls lost in the fnal playof game she reiterated how proud she was of each and every one of them and in her eyes they were winners! Coach Jamie always brings diferent ideas to practce with the girls and is always helping them learn. I seen a great deal of development with our team and she teaches leadership to each player. She has a great attude and teaches the girls to be compettve and have fun in soccer all the tme. Jamie Rufn was nominated by Emily and Jadyn Woodard & Cecile Freitas Pawtucket Youth Soccer Associaton


2015 Boys Compettve Coach of the Year Todd Cook Todd is a great overall athlete. He partcipates in an Adult Soccer league and everyone around town knows him well. We ofen-tmes play pick up games and he always makes it fun and compettve. He has lead our Compettve league for years now and is well respected by all. His only downfall is that he's a Real Madrid fan : 0 Todd has a great way about him with the kids. He makes the game fun, while teaching them the skills they need to be successful. He is good with kids from all diferent skill levels. He is funny and makes the game excitng, and all the boys respect him. His easy-going but commanding personality makes him great with handling the parents. This is my main motvaton behind nominatng Todd Cook as Coach of the Year. I have watched Todd set an amazing example in the area of generosity and compassion and caring for others. He has been very actve in fundraising for people living in poverty in Guatemala and has traveled there twice to serve the people. This past summer, his company sponsored the building of a playground and mural for a school in Guatemala and he went there with his 2 sons and built it. He has always demonstrated such a positve attude in all that he does and he sets a great example for young people to consider the needs of others. He delivered a bed and water flter to his sponsor child, Ingrid, this past summer and he was flled with joy to see this family have a litle beter life. Todd is a model citzen and should be commended for it. And because he deserves the respect of so many, several others have traveled to Guatemala to join in what he is a part of. He is an outstanding person and deserves to be recognized. Todd Cook was nominated by Catherine Reyes, Anne M Corrao & Mark Cabral North Smithfeld Youth Soccer Associaton


2015 Girls Compettve Coach of the Year Nick Izzi Several parents on the team noted that Nick doesn’t play favorites. One parent said that “Nick always plays all his players and sets expectatons for each” and another mentoned that he is a “loyal commited coach. Great with every team member.” The parents talk about his fairness, sportsmanship, and integrity: “The girls never respond to poor sportsmanship with poor sportsmanship.” Another parent says “Nick embodies the qualites you want in a coach: hard work, sportsmanship, team, attude.” Yet another parent noted that “Nick has been a wonderful coach to these girls. He is always fair to them along with being very encouraging.” I’ve had coaches, I’ve been a coach, and I’ve watched coaches. In my experience, there are two “types” of coaches – the supportve, approachable cheerleader and the more instructve, challenging, and commanding (even demanding) coach. Nick is the perfect blend of both. One of the parents noted “he works just as hard on building up their attudes as on their skills, strategies, and conditoning.” The overwhelming response from the parents of Nick’s team is that he has had a huge impact on their daughters. Nick has a way of pushing the girls to do more and go harder than they thought they could. These girls believe in themselves and Nick is responsible for that. Self- esteem is difcult in girls this age and Nick is a great help with that. Nick motvates the girls to play well. And for many girls, what was initally the desire to play well for Nick became an intrinsic desire to play well for themselves. My daughter has high standards for herself and I think playing for Nick these past few years is a big part of that. Some of the girls have been playing for Nick for 6 months, others for up to 4 years (beginning in rec) and the parents have witnessed the way Nick shapes the girls – it’s an infuence far beyond receiving, passing, and shootng. “Thank you for not only teaching my daughter how to play the game but you also taught her self-confdence. You have taught her to believe in herself. It has been an amazing transformaton that wouldn’t be possible without your encouragement.” The parents are also immensely grateful for all of Nick’s hard work. Nick Izzi was nominated by Kriste Jackson & All Team Parents Warwick Soccer Associaton


Warwick Soccer Associaton would like to Congratulate Nick Izzi Girls Compettve Coach of the Year & Sheri Coates Adult Female Volunteer of the Year You Help us Make WSA Successful!


2015 Boys Premier Coach of the Year Kevin DosSantos Prior to coaching Kevin started playing for Cumberland Compettve Soccer from U10 through U16 & Lusitana Sports from U12 thru U18. Kevin also played for Cumberland High School from 2000 -2004 in which he received awards for 3rd team open division. Kevin went onto play at CCRI Division 1 junior college (Community College of Rhode Island) 2005-2007 as the startng goalkeeper. Receiving 1st team all New England Region XXI & 2nd team All Northeast Region. He then played at Mount Ida College 3rd division NCCA from 2007- 2009 as the startng goalkeeper. Receiving Athlete of the week award from GNAC conference. Once done playing at Mount Ida College he was asked to help train the goalies for the 2009/2010 season. In 2010 he tried out for the New Hampshire Phantoms, a semi-pro team from PDL league of united soccer league. With the vast experience as a player it made sense that Kevin would want to give back and help others by coaching them. Kevin has been coaching for several years with Lusitana, with the same dedicaton and love for the game and the kids he works with. He is a coach that is always ready to help the players in every possibly way he can. Making sure they always have what they need and at the same tme creatng a special relatonship with every single player. Besides coaching he is also a friend to the players and families. He treats all the players with respect, giving all of them equal opportunites and fare treatment, regardless of who it is. The main star is always the team, never an individual. For everything already writen it is obvious that Kevin DosSantos is a respected citzen, who's positve attude towards everything in life is refected on the soccer feld. Being a great positve infuence to everyone around him, especially all the kids he coaches, the families and coaching staf. Kevin DosSantos was nominated by Victor Oliveira Lusitana Sports Futebol Club


2015 Girls Premier Coach of the Year Mark Faria Mark coached girl's soccer for Cumberland Youth Soccer for 6 years including both recreatonal and compettve teams. In 2009 Mark was asked to be an assistant coach with the Lusitana Club and many of the Cumberland girls followed him. Afer one year he became head coach in 2010. Over the last six years Mark has had a great deal of success with his team. The highlight was leading his girl's to a state cup championship in 2012 against a very compettve feld of teams. This was the very frst state cup championship for the Lusitana Club. His team had the pleasure of atending the regionals in PA and played compettvely in those games. His team has won several tournaments and have always pushed to play at higher levels. He has always felt that playing tough teams was the way to improve. Mark shows exemplary sportsmanship skills. He believes in leading by example. He doesn't teach his team to run up a score or to let girls cheer from the bench in an uneven game. He guides the girls to respect each other, the opposing team, coaches and referees. He trains his team to play as a team-there are no individual players. He is not a coach that yells at players during a game or is one to blame or give credit to individual players for wins or losses. He believes every game is a chance to learn and improve and he will fnd a way to take a positve spin on a loss. He takes the tme to write an email afer every game and highlights things that went well and things the team will work on during the upcoming week. He has an unwavering to commitment to his team and rarely misses any trainings. Mark has a positve infuence on the girls on and of the feld. His emphasis on team work and work ethic is encouraged with the girls in school, other sports, work and life. The girls feel comfortable with Mark and talk to him about things going on at school, etc. One of his players even wrote an 8th grade essay about him being her hero. Over the years the parents have had wonderful things to say about Mark-he is a very popular coach. Some of the girls have been on his team for almost a decade. Mark works hard on being a good communicator with players and families. He organizes trips to tournaments including lodging and team dinners. He makes sure everyone has the tmes and directons they need and is always available by phone. The families enjoy spending tme together, on and of the feld, and think of each other as family. Mark Faria was nominated by Victor Oliveira Lusitana Sports Futebol Club


TOPSoccer Coach of the Year Beth Keeling Beth utlizes the peer models of the towns to assist with teaching and interactng with each and every child in the TOPSoccer program. She facilitates how the program is run and makes sure that every child gets touches with the soccer ball at each practce. Beth has a unique way of reaching out to many of our children with special needs. She is very dedicated to making sure she reaches each and every one of them. In a way the children and families who work with Beth consider her family. The peer models also get great experience and appreciaton when working with our children with special needs. Beth reaches out to the public schools to enlist students from the populaton who are willing to donate their tme to spend tme with our special needs children to teach them a sport or even to socialize which in some cases is rare for some of the chilfren with special needs. Beth always goes above and beyond to ensure that this program strives for the best and is ever growing. Beth has dedicated her tme and her family to making sure that the children in Glocester/Burrillville all have a place on the BGYSA TOPSoccer program, no mater their cognitve or physical challenges. She goes out of her way to fnd a place for each and every child. Beth Keeling was nominated by Amy Glew Burrillville/Glocester Youth Soccer Associaton


Boys Team Manager of the Year Kathy Fletcher Kathy Fletcher has been managing my teams for 10 years. Kathy makes sure that parents from both our teams know where to be, at what tme, with directons to the feld, tournaments registratons, food lists for tournaments, hotel reservatons....and much more. She sends out registraton links, gets scholarships for those in need, tells everyone how much a session costs, broken down to the penny and atends as many LYSA meetngs as she can. We have been asked on numerous occasions to be president and vice president but we prefer to run two successful teams instead of taking over the whole league operatons. Kathy is extremely organized, energetc, enthusiastc and dedicated to her job as manager, she is loved by all who have played for her. As mentoned, Kathy makes sure the teams are well prepared for each season, each tournament for each and every game. We have developed many friendships throughout the years and Kathy's love for soccer and the teams she manages really shows when she is cheering them on during games. Both teams love Kathy for her dedicaton and hard work. I truly cant imagine another manager who works as hard and as for so many years as Kathy Fletcher. She is truly deserving of this honor. Kathy Fletcher was nominated by Doug Fletcher Lincoln Youth Soccer Associaton


Girls Team Manager of the Year Keith Lacourse Keith's role as team manager can clearly be stated in three words: He is clear, concise and caring! He is clear about the soccer league's expectatons as well as his own- which align. He is concise with the team's tme and management of practce and equipment. Which we as the parents on the sidelines applaud! Lastly he is caring to the members of his team and the surrounding community. Keith exhibits his enthusiasm for all to see and experience, as demonstrated by the 100% his team gives for both themselves and their team members. Keith Lacourse as your child's coach~ that child has sprouted roots on the path of establishing a lifelong love of athletcism and friendship! Keith was a phenomenal coach! He gives the athletes his all, as demonstrated by his easy laid back personality. This was the frst tme my daughter partcipated in soccer and her experience and skills were both positve! Keith was efcient in managing not only the students but in gaining the parent's support. He outlines his goals for the season and also listens and validates each of the athlete's in that plan. Keith Lacourse was nominated by Chris Parker Burrillville/Glocester Youth Soccer Associaton


Adult Male Volunteer of the Year Paul Counts Although Paul has never played the game of Soccer he is there for his grandchildren day-in and day-out at practces and soccer matches. Paul started of as a spectator on the sidelines and when Coventry Soccer Associaton was looking for volunteers, he was eager to step-up and help. Whether it is helping to set-up the felds, assist with trash clean-up or helping out in the parking lot Paul is the frst was at the feld and is usually the last one to leave. Coventry Soccer Associaton hosts several tournaments throughout the year such as the G4S Invitatonal, U8 & U10 Festval, & the Kohl’s Cup. Without Paul making sure that the cars park correctly we could never get as many cars in the lot as we do. He is always ready and willing to help at any and all tournaments or whenever he is needed Paul is dependable and reliable and always willing to lend a helping hand. Paul Counts was nominated by Lou Ciummo & Jen Miller Coventry Soccer Associaton Adult Female Volunteer of the Year Sheri Coates Sheri has been volunteering at WSA (Warwick Soccer Associaton) for several years. Sheri was an At-Large board member who wore numerous hats. When volunteers are needed, she always answers the call. She helps with the snack shack on Saturdays. This year she had to plan and organize the U8/U10 Tournament that WSA hosted when the ball was dropped by a volunteer. Then she helped coordinate the USYSA Rhode Island State Championship at Bend St on behalf of WSA. Midway through the year Sheri stepped up to be the WSA Compettve Coordinator, a positon she currently stll holds. Sheri is extremely professional and fair. She communicates efectvely and ofen with coaches to feld teams. She understands the rules and policies and when she has questons, she is not afraid to ask. She responds to parents and coaches in a tmely manner. She is extremely organized and meets deadlines with ease. This fall, Sheri's new club policy allowed WSA to collect all player fees prior to the start of the season. She has signifcantly improved the process at WSA and we are grateful . Sheri, a true team player, works trelessly to efectvely meet the needs of players, parents and coaches and to improve our overall club operatons. Sheri Coates was nominated by Lisa Flanders Warwick Soccer Associaton


Youth Outstanding Achievement of the Year Tara Horoho I have been playing with Tara for over four years now. She moved from SK and EG a few years ago and that is where the story starts. We play a sweeper-stopper formaton as defenders. As the stopper, my life has been made so much easier with Tara in front of me, interceptng each pass, or making the impossible tackles. We even call her T-raw because she is a beast out on the feld. Tara works so hard to get the job done, and she never falters. Of course we all have those moments when we mistme a tackle or are caught fat-footed, but Tara hustles back each tme, and that is what makes her consistent and reliable. With Tara, we can play a high back line, which allows her to get up, almost in a defensive midfelder positon. From there, she has the great vision to distribute the ball, or let loose a bullet of a shot. We played WWF this past spring and he called #41, Tara, the quarterback of EG. Our team has made in to the state fnals in playofs and the RI cup each season because of the unfaltering strength Tara gives us. Her work ethic, spirit, understanding of the game, and physicality make her the leader of the EGSA u16 Anchor team. Tara has become a key part of this team. Personally, she has achieved becoming our free kick specialist, punt receiver, penalty kicker for the team, adn the EGSA female player of the year because of the skill and passion she has created for the game. She has developed from a kid on the B-team fve years ago to the leader on the mulit-state fnalist anchor team for u16, one older than herself. Tara and I, along with a couple others, play up in the u16 league because of our skill, rather than u14. She makes practce every week, and she never once missed a day in high school soccer (for which she made varsity as a freshman). She practces on of-days to make herself beter for the team. He dedicaton and passion for the game of soccer, and for her team, is unrivaled. Tara is the epitome of sportsmanship and leadership. To start with leadership, she is the leader, or \"quarterback,\" of the u16 team, even as one of the younger players. She plays sometmes plays the 10. positon on the feld, but on defense, she is instructng positons and advice. She is one of the leaders of team by setng an example. Part of her leadership comes from her sportsmanship. As the winner of the SuperLiga sportsmanship award, Tara is collected on the feld. Tara's only arguments with the referees are \"What? That was nothing...\" but she hustles back anyway to defend. She will help a girl up whom she fouled and never exchange bad mojo with our opponents. Tara Horoho was nominated by Allison Trapani East Greenwich Youth Soccer Associaton


Youth Outstanding Achievement of the Year Corrine Ciummo Corinne has been playing for Coventry since she was 5. From the start she had a very good head for the game. Staying in positons and always helping out other payers. She has always been the youngest in her division but always one of the best. Size has never stopped her. Corinne has won many championships in her league. However; that is not what drives her; the friendships that she has made over the years and the ability of her to help all her fellow players become beter players. She played in the U12 Anchor Division this year as a U10 player. She came up against some girls who were up to more than twice her size. She never stopped fghtng for the ball on the feld. Instead she lead her team in goal scoring for the 5th consecutve year. Corinne has always taken control of practces. From getng all the girls in line for a drill, or leading warm-ups before games and practces. If anyone from either team goes down hurt on the feld, she is always the frst person there to make sure they are okay. Beyond playing this great sport of soccer she has also become a youth referee to enhance her skills and understanding of the game. Corrine is always eager to help in setng up or breaking down the felds before and afer games and helping in the concession stand. Corrine is the Vice President of her class in school. Corrine Ciummo was nominated by Lou Ciummo Coventry Soccer Associaton


Coventry Soccer Associaton Congratulates All Award Recipients & Hall of Fame Inductees With Special Congratulatons to Paul Coates Adult Volunteer of the Year & Corrine Ciummo Outstanding Youth Player of the Year


Adult Outstanding Achievement of the Year Dawn Cabral Dawn recently received the 2015 Super Liga Compettve Girls Soccer Coach of the Year award for her outstanding leadership and development of her team. She constantly teaches these girls new techniques on the feld, but also expects a lot out of each player when it comes to player conduct/sportsmanship on and of the feld. Dawn has always expressed \"For the Good of the Game\" to her players regardless of what level she is coaching at. She teaches her girls to \"respect\" the other team regardless of the competton. Each player is told not to \"show-boat\" afer a goal and to thank each player and ref afer every game. One example that impressed me was during a game her girls were down 1-0. One of her beter scorers ted the game and decided to celebrate the goal. Dawn quickly removed her from the game and explained to her that as happy that she was that she scored a goal to te the game, we do not celebrate like that. She reminded the girl that the game was stll being played and there would be plenty of tme to celebrate aferwards. Her positve attude has contributed too many players requestng to play for her at the recreatonal level as well keeping the same core of compettve girls since they were 8 & 9 years old. Her compettve teams have been incredible at every level that she has challenged them at and these achievements refect the training, developing and overall attude that Dawn enforces on them. I'm nominatng her because I have had the opportunity to work with her over the past 10 years and I have personally seen the good she has done for our organizaton. Dawn and I started on the EWG Board around the same tme and our kids got to play on the same recreatonal team with her as the coach. That frst tme I saw her enthusiasm teaching the kids a skill that they could practce at home, at U4 nevertheless, I knew she was someone I wanted my kid to learn the game from. I had the honor of working with her on the board for 7 seasons and coaching with her at both the recreatonal and compettve levels for a few years. She brings the same passion and commitment for the game at every positon she is involved in. We have a shelf life for volunteers based on how many kids we have and how involved we want to be. Dawn's shelf life for coaching her kids is coming near an end. I wanted to personally thank her from the EWGYSA Board for her volunteer service over the past 12 years and all the kids she has helped develop and infuence into beter players and people during those years. Dawn Cabral was nominated by Mike Ruggieri Exeter/West Greenwich Soccer Associaton


TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year Alyssa Ricci Alyssa is the prime example of what we want a TOPSoccer volunteer to be. She has the knowledge of the game as well as the skills needed to be a teacher. She is confdent in herself and her capabilites which is turn makes the players comfortable. Over the course of the past few years Alyssa has become an essental part of our TOPSoccer program. She is one of the most dedicated and involved volunteers. She has become much more comfortable working with the players. She has developed relatonships with our players and has provided them with a familiar face week to week. Alyssa is a great leader in our TOPSoccer program. She atends practces regularly and is a very actve volunteer. She is my right hand man. Alyssa is there when I can not be. She flls my role when I need her to. I think she is the best volunteer we have in the program right now. She is the most consistent both with her appearance and with her actve role. She is the future of Smithfeld's program. TOPSoccer is a volunteer based program. I think for Alyssa this program is a stepping stone for her to contnue to give back to her community. It has given her the perfect opportunity to give back in a way that makes her feel comfortable. It takes the sport that she loves and mixes it with a community program. Alyssa brings a special vibrancy and lighthearted mood to TOPS every week. She comes with a smile and a positve attude. She is what every volunteer should strive to be. Alyssa Ricci was nominated by Stepanie Ricci Smithfeld Youth Soccer Associaton


TOPSoccer Volunteer of the Year Stacie LeClair Stacie is an Occupatonal Therapist who works within the Woonsocket School System with children with disabilites. She cares deeply for the development of the children and enjoys seeing the children progress with the help that her and others provide. Stacie recognizes that each child has his/her own abilites and needs. Her skills and experience translate directly into working with the players on the soccer feld within the TOPSoccer program. Stacie has been working in the CYSA TOPSoccer program for the last 4 years, frst serving as a buddy within the program, but then progressing into a mentor for the other buddies and an adviser of sorts for the director of the program. Stacie recognizes each player's capabilites and works with the buddies on ways to teach the game of soccer within those capabilites... many tmes assistng in the training to demonstrate those techniques. She also ofers up suggestons for the program to further the program and not just follow the same routnes with each child. Stacie understands that this program is for the children in the program, a way for them to have fun, interact with others, and learn the game of soccer at the same tme. The buddies can range in age from 10 years old to adults. Her actons, how she deals with the players and some of the buddies themselves, are great examples of leadership. Stacie recognizes that she has the capabilites to not only help the players, but to also help the buddies help these players as well. She serves as a great role model for the buddies and a great instructor for the players. Stacie has a natural ability to work with children with disabilites. She also gets satsfacton out of seeing them progress, The program is a great way for volunteers with skills like Stacie's to help the children and also teach a game she has become a part of with her own family. Stacie LeClair was nominated by Ron LeClair Cumberland Youth Soccer Associaton


Administrator of the Year Bob Enright Bob is involved with many aspects at the club level and is successful on many other fronts besides being the Registrar/ Administrator for Warwick Fire Fighters. He handles the large workload that goes along with being the Registrar of a large club - and he handles it well. Player beneft is important to him, and he will go above and beyond to add a player to a roster. The quality of Bob's submissions is good - organized and thorough, providing a punch list of outstanding items in the works. This makes it easy for the ofce to navigate through his large number of teams and players. Bob is a hardworking, organized, long-tme Administrator who always keeps player beneft at the center of his role as Registrar/Administrator. Soccer Rhode Island Ofce Staf


Club President of the Year Doyle Byrd Doyle's vision is a club built on it roots - at the U6 and U8 levels. Through his leadership we contnue to provide low cost soccer with a focus on the development years. His 360 degree approach goes beyond just our rec league play, ofering many additonal opportunites for kids to develop - internal clinics focusing on footskills and athletc training, opportunites to play year-round, summer evening pick-up games, organizing trips for tournaments in NH, promotng WFFSC events with the Revs. By exposing kids to all the soccer possibilites Doyle has fostered a love for soccer in our kids and we watch them stay involved and grow in our club thru their high school years. Look no further than the recent success of Warwick High School girl's teams from Toll Gate and Pilgrim to see the positve impression he as made thru his promoton of the sport. Afer safety and providing a safe environment for the kids, Sportsmanship is Doyle's utmost concern. He can frequently be seen at the feld talking to coaches about playing fair, respectng both the other team and the ofcials. Anyone who has arrived at Winslow only to fnd they are short-handed players has seen our teams pull a player of the feld and play \"even\". This all comes from Doyle and his focus on Fair and Fun over winning. It is a mantra he instlls in new coaches startng with the U6 level (which given our size is usually 30-40 new coaches a year) and fosters as coaches grow with us. He is the kind of guy that, win or lose, hands out freeze pops to the opposing team on hot June afernoons. Doyle understands that it needs to be fun frst - without fun there is no team, no game, no league. To that end he has also made some hard decisions, occasionally choosing to part ways with individuals that could not uphold the clubs code of Sportsmanship. In his many years as president Doyle has been the constant as the rest of the board has turned over many tmes and can frequently be seen at the feld recruitng parents to join our board. He works with newly elected board members to develop their role within the board and their contributon to the club. Nowhere was his mentoring seen more than during the relocaton events. He was a constant \"voice of reason\" when it appeared we would lose our felds and has been the guiding force behind our relocaton eforts. By setng the tone of the relocaton events, what might have been a disaster was turned into a positve culminatng in the grand opening of the New Winslow Fields. His inclusive approach opens the club up to ideas from anyone, and where other Presidents may try to control all aspects - Doyle does the opposite - he lets people champion their ideas. By setng the great example of openness our parents feel connected to our club and our club thrives because of it. Doyle Byrd was nominated by each one of his board members Warwick FireFighters Soccer Club


Scituate Youth Soccer Associaton is very proud of the following individuals on receiving awards for their hard work & dedicaton. Georgia Sttchfeld Female Youth Referee of the Year Kathy Dixon Joseph Racca Memorial Volunteer of the Year


Joseph Racca Memorial Volunteer Award Kathy Dixon The Joseph Racca Memorial Volunteer Award is given to the person who exemplifes the defniton of a Youth Soccer Volunteer. Although we always say that it is difcult to clone “anyone”, Kathy Dixon is the closest person I know to duplicatng what Joe Racca had done for soccer. Kathy has been involved in Scituate Youth Soccer for longer than I’m sure she wants to count. She has worked trelessly in many capacites. As most of us, she started as a parent wantng to be involved with her children. It then morphed into taking on more jobs and functons than she knew existed in youth sports. She has been a coach, youth referee coordinator, spring coordinator, board member and also served at all the Region 1 Championships held in Rhode Island as a feld marshal. Kathy has been in the sun and rain with a smile and “will do” attude. Kathy is a true Joseph Racca Memorial Volunteer winner and I am proud to nominate Kathy for this Prestgious award. Kathy Dixon was Nominated by Steve Votolato (SRI President) Scituate Youth Soccer Associaton


The Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup provides recreatonal youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. It fosters stmula- ton and excitement about soccer in an efort to increase the recreatonal players interest in and love for the game. We want the recreatonal player to feel special and have fun! The Kohl's American Cup can achieve this by providing recreatonal players with the opportunity to partcipate in an original event outside of their normal league play. The American Cup gives US Youth Soccer State Associatons another beneft to bring even more service to current members and a tool to use in increasing membership enrollment. KOHLS CUP DATES IN RHODE ISLAND The Soccer Rhode Island 2016 Kohl's American Cup will be held on October 1 & 2, 2016 at various locatons in RI. All U8 - U16 teams playing in a Soccer-RI member's recreatonal program are invited to partcipate.


Sample Scholarship Essays


If you’re applying for a scholarship, chances are you are going to need to write an essay. Very few scholarship programs are based solely on an application form or transcript. The essay is often the most important part of your application; it gives the scholarship committee a sense of who you are and your dedication to your goals. You’ll want to make sure that your scholarship essay is the best it can possibly be.

Unless specified otherwise, scholarship essays should always use the following formatting:

  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 point font
  • One-inch top, bottom, and side margins

Other useful tips to keep in mind include:

  1. Read the instructions thoroughly and make sure you completely understand them before you start writing.
  2. Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts into an outline.
  3. Write your essay by elaborating on each point you included in your outline.
  4. Use clear, concise, and simple language throughout your essay.
  5. When you are finished, read the question again and then read your essay to make sure that the essay addresses every point.

For more tips on writing a scholarship essay, check out our Eight Steps Towards a Better Scholarship Essay .


The Book that Made Me a Journalist

Prompt: Describe a book that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why.

It is 6 am on a hot day in July and I’ve already showered and eaten breakfast. I know that my classmates are all sleeping in and enjoying their summer break, but I don’t envy them; I’m excited to start my day interning with a local newspaper doing investigative journalism. I work a typical 8-5 day during my summer vacation and despite the early mornings, nothing has made me happier. Although it wasn't clear to me then, looking back on my high school experiences and everything that led to me to this internship, I believe this path began with a particularly savvy teacher and a little book she gave me to read outside of class.

I was taking a composition class, and we were learning how to write persuasive essays. Up until that point, I had had average grades, but I was always a good writer and my teacher immediately recognized this. The first paper I wrote for the class was about my experience going to an Indian reservation located near my uncle's ranch in southwest Colorado. I wrote of the severe poverty experienced by the people on the reservation, and the lack of access to voting booths during the most recent election. After reading this short story, my teacher approached me and asked about my future plans. No one had ever asked me this, and I wasn't sure how to answer. I said I liked writing and I liked thinking about people who are different from myself. She gave me a book and told me that if I had time to read it, she thought it would be something I would enjoy. I was actually quite surprised that a high school teacher was giving me a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me. It had never occurred to me that teachers would lie to students. The title intrigued me so much that on Friday night I found myself staying up almost all night reading, instead of going out with friends.

In short, the book discusses several instances in which typical American history classes do not tell the whole story. For example, the author addresses the way that American history classes do not usually address about the Vietnam War, even though it happened only a short time ago. This made me realize that we hadn't discussed the Vietnam War in my own history class! The book taught me that, like my story of the Indian reservation, there are always more stories beyond what we see on the surface and what we’re taught in school. I was inspired to continue to tell these stories and to make that my career.

For my next article for the class, I wrote about the practice of my own high school suspending students, sometimes indefinitely, for seemingly minor offenses such as tardiness and smoking. I found that the number of suspensions had increased by 200% at my school in just three years, and also discovered that students who are suspended after only one offense often drop out and some later end up in prison. The article caused quite a stir. The administration of my school dismissed it, but it caught the attention of my local newspaper. A local journalist worked with me to publish an updated and more thoroughly researched version of my article in the local newspaper. The article forced the school board to revisit their “zero tolerance” policy as well as reinstate some indefinitely suspended students.I won no favors with the administration and it was a difficult time for me, but it was also thrilling to see how one article can have such a direct effect on people’s lives. It reaffirmed my commitment to a career in journalism.

This is why I’m applying for this scholarship. Your organization has been providing young aspiring journalists with funds to further their skills and work to uncover the untold stories in our communities that need to be reported. I share your organization’s vision of working towards a more just and equitable world by uncovering stories of abuse of power. I have already demonstrated this commitment through my writing in high school and I look forward to pursuing a BA in this field at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. With your help, I will hone my natural instincts and inherent writing skills. I will become a better and more persuasive writer and I will learn the ethics of professional journalism.

I sincerely appreciate the committee’s time in evaluating my application and giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

Do:Follow the prompt and other instructions exactly. You might write a great essay but it may get your application rejected if you don’t follow the word count guidelines or other formatting requirements.
DON'T:Open your essay with a quote. This is a well-worn strategy that is mostly used ineffectively. Instead of using someone else’s words, use your own.
DON'T:Use perfunctory sentences such as, “In this essay, I will…”
DO:Be clear and concise. Make sure each paragraph discusses only one central thought or argument.
DON'T:Use words from a thesaurus that are new to you. You may end up using the word incorrectly and that will make your writing awkward. Keep it simple and straightforward. The point of the essay is to tell your story, not to demonstrate how many words you know.

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Planners and Searchers

Prompt: In 600 words or less, please tell us about yourself and why you are applying for this scholarship. Please be clear about how this scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Being African, I recognize Africa’s need for home- grown talent in the form of “planners” (assistants with possible solutions) and “searchers” (those with desperate need) working towards international development. I represent both. Coming from Zimbabwe my greatest challenge is in helping to improve the livelihoods of developing nations through sustainable development and good governance principles. The need for policy-makers capable of employing cross-jurisdictional, and cross- disciplinary strategies to solve complex challenges cannot be under-emphasized; hence my application to this scholarship program.

After graduating from Africa University with an Honors degree in Sociology and Psychology, I am now seeking scholarship support to study in the United States at the Master’s level. My interest in democracy, elections, constitutionalism and development stems from my lasting interest in public policy issues. Accordingly, my current research interests in democracy and ethnic diversity require a deeper understanding of legal processes of constitutionalism and governance. As a Master’s student in the US, I intend to write articles on these subjects from the perspective of someone born, raised, and educated in Africa. I will bring a unique and much-needed perspective to my graduate program in the United States, and I will take the technical and theoretical knowledge from my graduate program back with me to Africa to further my career goals as a practitioner of good governance and community development.

To augment my theoretical understanding of governance and democratic practices, I worked with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) as a Programs Assistant in the Monitoring and Observation department. This not only enhanced my project management skills, but also developed my skills in research and producing communication materials. ZESN is Zimbabwe’s biggest election observation organization, and I had the responsibility of monitoring the political environment and producing monthly publications on human rights issues and electoral processes. These publications were disseminated to various civil society organizations, donors and other stakeholders. Now I intend to develop my career in order to enhance Africa’s capacity to advocate, write and vote for representative constitutions.

I also participated in a fellowship program at Africa University, where I gained greater insight into social development by teaching courses on entrepreneurship, free market economics, and development in needy communities. I worked with women in rural areas of Zimbabwe to setup income-generating projects such as the jatropha soap-making project. Managing such a project gave me great insight into how many simple initiatives can transform lives.

Your organization has a history of awarding scholarships to promising young students from the developing world in order to bring knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to their home communities. I have already done some of this work but I want to continue, and with your assistance, I can. The multidisciplinary focus of the development programs I am applying to in the US will provide me with the necessary skills to creatively address the economic and social development challenges and develop sound public policies for Third World countries. I thank you for your time and consideration for this prestigious award.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Research the organization and make sure you understand their mission and values and incorporate them into your essay.
DO:Focus on your strengths and turn in any problems or weaknesses into a success story.
DO:Use actual, detailed examples from your own life to backup your claims and arguments as to why you should receive the scholarship.
DO:Proofread several times before finally submitting your essay.
DON'T:Rehash what is already stated on your resume. Choose additional, unique stories to tell sell yourself to the scholarship committee.
DON'T:Simply state that you need the money. Even if you have severe financial need, it won’t help to simply ask for the money and it may come off as tacky.

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Saving the Manatees

Prompt: Please give the committee an idea of who you are and why you are the perfect candidate for the scholarship.

It is a cliché to say that I’ve always known what I want to do with my life, but in my case it happens to be true. When I first visited Sea World as a young child, I fell in love with marine animals in general. Specifically, I felt drawn to manatees. I was compelled by their placid and friendly nature. I knew then and there that I wanted to dedicate my life to protecting these beautiful creatures.

Since that day in Orlando, I have spent much of my spare time learning everything there is to know about manatees. As a junior high and high school student, I attempted to read scholarly articles on manatees from scientific journals. I annoyed my friends and family with scientific facts about manatees-- such as that they are close relatives of elephants--at the dinner table. I watched documentaries, and even mapped their migration pattern on a wall map my sister gave me for my birthday.

When I was chosen from hundreds of applicants to take part in a summer internship with Sea World, I fell even more in love with these gentle giants. I also learned a very important and valuable lesson: prior to this internship, I had imagined becoming a marine biologist, working directly with the animals in their care both in captivity and in the wild. However, during the internship, I discovered that this is not where my strengths lie. Unfortunately, I am not a strong student in science or math, which are required skills to become a marine biologist. Although this was a disheartening realization, I found that I possess other strengths can still be of great value to manatees and other endangered marine mammals: my skills as a public relations manager and communicator. During the internship, I helped write new lessons and presentations for elementary school groups visiting the park and developed a series of fun activities for children to help them learn more about manatees as well as conservation of endangered species in general. I also worked directly with the park’s conservation and communication director, and helped develop a new local outreach program designed to educate Floridians on how to avoid hitting a manatee when boating. My supervisor recommended me to the Save the Manatee Foundation so in addition to my full-time internship at Sea World, I interned with the Save the Manatee Foundation part-time. It was there that I witnessed the manatee rescue and conservation effort first hand, and worked directly with the marine biologists in developing fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns. I found that the foundation’s social media presence was lacking, and, using skills I learned from Sea World, I helped them raise over $5,000 through a Twitter challenge, which we linked to the various social media outlets of the World Wildlife Federation.

While I know that your organization typically awards scholarships to students planning to major in disciplines directly related to conservation such as environmental studies or zoology, I feel that the public relations side of conservation is just as important as the actual work done on the ground. Whether it is reducing one’s carbon footprint, or saving the manatees, these are efforts that, in order to be successful, must involve the larger public. In fact, the relative success of the environmental movement today is largely due to a massive global public relations campaign that turned environmentalism from something scientific and obscure into something that is both fashionable and accessible to just about anyone. However, that success is being challenged more than ever before--especially here in the US, where an equally strong anti-environmental public relations campaign has taken hold. Therefore, conservationists need to start getting more creative.

I want to be a part of this renewed effort and use my natural abilities as a communicator to push back against the rather formidable forces behind the anti-environmentalist movement. I sincerely hope you will consider supporting this non-traditional avenue towards global sustainability and conservation. I have already been accepted to one of the most prestigious communications undergraduate programs in the country and I plan to minor in environmental studies. In addition, I maintain a relationship with my former supervisors at Save the Manatee and Sea World, who will be invaluable resources for finding employment upon graduation. I thank the committee for thinking outside the box in considering my application.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Tell a story. Discuss your personal history and why those experiences have led you to apply for these scholarships.
DO:Write an outline. If you’ve already started writing or have a first draft, make an outline based on what you’ve written so far. This will help you see whether your paragraphs flow and connect with one another.
DON'T:Write a generic essay for every application. Adapt your personal statement for each individual scholarship application.
DO:Run spellcheck and grammar check on your computer but also do your own personal check. Spellcheck isn’t perfect and you shouldn't rely on technology to make your essay perfect.

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