JT Dorsey jumps into the action at the 2018 Kipona Festival, where Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, in partnership with the JT Dorsey Foundation, ran street soccer for attendees.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Grassroots Soccer Manager JT Dorsey is one of the most respected names in the country when it comes to developing soccer in underserved communities. After working with the state association on a part-time basis, he joined Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer full time in the summer of 2018.
If you’re heading to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention, you’ll see JT in Chicago. Together with Vince Ganzberg (United Soccer Coaches) and Michael Vaughan-Cherubin (US Soccer Foundation), JT is running an Urban Soccer Diploma course.
The diploma goal is to “teach soccer coaches best practices in youth development and soccer with a special emphasis on a non-traditional setting. This diploma is geared toward anyone that wishes to put the child at the center of their session and focus on character development, skill development and fun over tactics and winning.”
“It’s a great opportunity to teach on a national stage,” Dorsey said. “I’m excited to be delivering this course and representing Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and the coaches who work with kids from underserved areas.”
The course will take place January 11-12 over two sessions, one in the classroom (four hours) and one on the field (four hours).
The founder and Executive Director of the JT Dorsey Foundation, JT works with under-served youth to provide athletic, academic and social opportunities that the kids would otherwise not have. As Grassroots Soccer Manager, he works to expand Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's reach into all communities and assist with Recreational Soccer initiatives. JT has worked closely with Director of Soccer Development & Performance to spearhead efforts to grow soccer in inner city communities.
JT has coordinated such events as the Cedar Cup in Lebanon, the Soccer for Success Festival in Coatesville and Street Soccer at the Kipona Festival in Harrisburg.
A Coatesville, PA., native, JT played college soccer at Loyola University (MD) and played professionally for the Hershey Wildcats, Reading Rage and Harrisburg City Islanders among others before retiring in 2006. He coaches for PA Classics Nova.