Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Announces 2018 Legacy Award Winners
The award winners will be celebrated at the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Sheraton Valley Forge.
Plymouth Meeting—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is proud to announce its 2018 legacy award recipients. These award winners were selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Board of Directors for their exemplary service and contributions to youth soccer in eastern Pennsylvania.
All award winners will be honored at the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 22, at the Sheraton Valley Forge. Award winners will receive a complimentary ticket to the banquet. Additional tickets can be purchased at EPYSA.org for $65 each. Tables of 10 are available for reservation.
"I am honored to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations for their commitment to helping us fulfill our mission 'to promote and facilitate the game of soccer for all youth at all levels of play in eastern Pennsylvania," said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome. "I look forward to celebrating their achievements at our Annual Awards Banquet."
D’Anjolell Award (Club of the Year): Rose Tree Soccer Club
In 2018, Rose Tree Soccer Club registered more than 1900 players across its programs, ranging from under-5 to adults. Rose Tree also hosted two U.S. Soccer Grassroots Coaching License courses with a third to be held in Spring 2019. The commitment to coaching education benefits families in both the club’s intramural (U5-U15) and travel (U8-U19) programs. Rose Tree runs TOPSoccer as well for young players with special needs. There is a Spring Season for TOPSoccer in addition to a one-day fall clinic.
Past D’Anjolell Award Winners
Service to Community: Philadelphia International Unity Cup
The brain child of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia International Unity Cup started in 2016 as a way to celebrate the city’s diversity through soccer. In 2018, 52 immigrant populations, representing six continents, took part in the World Cup-style tournament. In addition to the Unity Cup, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Office of Immigrant Affairs established the Unity Youth League in 2017, which brought soccer programs to recreation centers across the city.
Past Service to Community Award Winners
Excellence in Coaching: George O’Neill
George O’Neill was a key contributor in the midfield to the 1973 Philadelphia Atoms (see below). The Port Glasgow, Scotland, native joined the club in the preseason and played four seasons in Philadelphia. He’s been in the area ever since, coaching Philadelphia Inter Soccer Club, the Philadelphia Fever of the Major Indoor Soccer League, the University of Pennsylvania and with the Olympic Development Program at the state and regional level. O’Neill also served as an assistant coach for the professional Philadelphia Fury.
Past Excellence in Coaching Award Winners
Excellence in Coaching: Jenifer Tomlinson
Jenifer Tomlinson has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career at all levels of soccer, from recreation and intramural to high end club to high school and college. Her stops have included Muhlenberg College (assistant), Drexel University, Warrington Soccer Club, Horsham Soccer Club and the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals. At her high school alma mater, Springfield Township, Tomlinson grew the program from an 0-20 opening season to qualify for the state tournament twice in her tenure. She’s been an Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer staff coach since 2000, working summer camps in addition to ODP. Tomlinson holds a National C License.
Past Excellence in Coaching Award Winners
Service to Youth: The 1973 Philadelphia Atoms
The Philadelphia Atoms became the first North American professional sports franchise to win a championship in its inaugural season when they claimed the North American Soccer League title in 1973. In the process, the Atoms, made up of several locals and with the first American-born coach in league history, gave the thousands of youth soccer players in Philadelphia new heroes to cheer on. During and after their playing careers, the Atoms coached at the youth, high school, college, club, ODP and professional levels, establishing a legacy of giving-back that continues to this day.
Past Service to Youth Award Winners
ABOUT EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH SOCCER:
Since 1972, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, outreach efforts and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 120,000 youth soccer players from ages 5 to 19. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is one of 55 state associations in US Youth Soccer and a member of the United States Soccer Federation. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at www.EPYSA.org.