Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome Receives Prestigious Chick Fallon Award
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome (left) received the 2018 Chick Fallon Award for Service to Soccer at the 2018 Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Soccer Hall of Fame Banquet. He's pictured here with SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame Vice President Gordon Dunlop.
At the 2018 Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Soccer Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday evening, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome was honored with the prestigious Chick Fallon Award for Service to Soccer. Fallon, a longtime president of the hall, was a key figure in establishing the soccer hall of fame and the Philadelphia Old-Timers Club. The award was originally titled "Most Deserving Oldtimer Award," before it was named in honor of Fallon following his passing in the 1970's. The Most Deserving Oldtimer Award was first handed out in 1948.
"I was totally taken by surprise," said Branscome, a 2005 inductee into the SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame. "It's an absolute honor. It was unexpected but deeply appreciated."
The award was made all the more special for Branscome as he was honored the same night his childhood friend, Sal Carbone, a former U.S. Men's National Team pool player, was inducted into the SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. The class also included Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer products Danielle Fagan and Kristin Luckenbill, a gold medalist with the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Chris Branscome with childhood friend and 2018 inductee Sal Carbone.