Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Names JT Dorsey Grassroots Soccer Manager
Plymouth Meeting (September 6)—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has announced the hiring of JT Dorsey as Grassroots Soccer Manager. In this role, Dorsey will be responsible for the various aspects of the state association’s operations of grassroots soccer, consisting of outreach, recreation and intramural soccer programming.
Dorsey will orchestrate projects with an emphasis on player development, coaching education, parent education and registration assistance. Prior to accepting the position of Grassroots Soccer Manager, Dorsey served as Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Outreach Coordinator on a part-time basis. He will work closely with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Director of Soccer Development & Performance Gary Stephenson on grassroots initiatives.
“JT is known nationally for his work in championing soccer in underserved communities,” Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome said. “He’s done great things with his foundation, and we look forward to working with him to help us fulfill our mission to promote and facilitate the game of soccer for all youth at all levels of play in eastern Pennsylvania.”
As Grassroots Soccer Manager, Dorsey will focus his efforts on areas of need, whether soccer has declined in a specific area or has yet to take hold there. He will continue initiatives he began as Outreach Coordinator, especially in the city of Philadelphia, where he’s been an advisor to such groups as United Philly Soccer Club (and its member organizations), Kensington Soccer Club, and the Unity Youth League. Dorsey has worked to bring clinics and coaching education opportunities to the city.
A Coatesville native, Dorsey graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Elementary Education and a certification in special education. He also played four seasons for the Greyhounds, before embarking on a 10-year professional career. He later established, and still serves as the Executive Director, of the JT Dorsey Foundation, which uses soccer to develop strong moral character, inspire academic excellence and promote community involvement for participants.
Through his foundation, Dorsey has helped establish Soccer for Success programs in Coatesville, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Philadelphia and Pottstown. Dorsey has been recognized for his outreach efforts with numerous awards including the 2016 Community Excellence Award, the 2014 Batdof Service Award from the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association, the 2013 Coatesville Community Education Foundation Hometown Hero Award and the 2012 Lanny Ammon Service and Dedication Award. Dorsey is a regular clinician and speaker for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. He holds a U.S. Soccer National C License and is an Urban Soccer Licensed coach.
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.