2018 Awards: TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year & Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year - TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will celebrate the 2018 year in soccer at the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 22, 2019. In anticipation of the event, which will take place at the Sheraton Valley Forge, we'll profile honorees each day leading into the Awards Banquet. Today: TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Nick Messner and Volunteer of the Year Curt De Veaux.

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2018 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year: Nick Messner
Nick Messner

Club: Lower Dauphin TOPSoccer

Hometown: Hummelstown


  • TOPSoccer volunteer since 2014
  • Participant in every program (indoor, summer camp, outdoor)
  • Coach in TOPSoccer since 2016
  • Lower Dauphin High School player
  • AP Scholar with distinction; member of National Honor Society and the Math, Science and Spanish Honor Societies
The story

Since 2014, Nick Messner, 17, has been a dedicated volunteer to the Lower Dauphin Soccer Association TOPSoccer program. LDSA TOPSoccer offers three distinct programs for its special needs players: a five-week indoor session, a one-week summer camp and a six-week outdoor session. Nick has participated in all three since he first volunteered more than four years ago.

They said it

"One of Nick's players has audio deficiencies. Nick has devised several tactics to ensure this player is able to participate in each and every drill. Having no background in this field, it is remarkable that he has this foresight." -- Mel Rowe & Roxanne Gies, Lower Dauphin TOPSoccer

For more information on Lower Dauphin TOPSoccer, visit pennfcyouth.com/topsoccer

About TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girls, age four & older, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer & US Youth Soccer families.

Past TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award Winners

2018 Volunteer of the Year: Curt De Veaux
Curt De Veaux

Clubs: Anderson Monarchs & United Philly Soccer

Hometown: Philadelphia


  • Coaches two age groups with Anderson Monarchs
  • Serves as Anderson Monarchs Program Coordinator for soccer
  • Co-director and a founder of United Philly Soccer

 The story

Through his work with Anderson Monarchs and United Philly Soccer, Curt has dedicated his time to providing quality soccer programming for the youth of Philadelphia. He is the head coach of the Under-9 boys Anderson Monarchs team, which competes in the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation league, and is an assistant with the Under-11 boys team, which competes in the United Junior Soccer League. A founder and co-director of United Philly Soccer, Curt has also served on the Philadelphia Youth Organization Board of Directors.

They said it

"Curt has been very instrumental in helping kids in Philadelphia continue to play the game. He volunteers extensive amounts of his time making sure kids have a safe place to play. He helps organize teams, bring in quality coaches, and set up off-field experiences that give kids life development. Everything he does centers around helping kids in the city succeed. He wants them to do well on and off the field." -- JT Dorsey, Grassroots Soccer Manager, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer

For more information on Anderson Monarchs visit andersonmonarchs.org

For more information on United Philly Soccer visit unitedphillysoccer.com

Past Volunteers of the Year