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TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award

The TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award is awarded for extraordinary accomplishments as a TOPSoccer Buddy. The nominees demonstrate patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The Buddy of the Year is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-on-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience. The state TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award is recognized at the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Awards Banquet each February. State winners will be submitted for regional and national consideration. The national TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year is announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, as a part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the United Soccer Coaches Convention each January.

Past Recipients

2019 Chittur Ananthan
2018 Nick Messner
2017 Debbie James-Roland, Harleysville
2016 Nicole Boyd, Lower Dauphin
2015 Corinne Mackenzie, FC Brandywine
2014 Buck Buckman & Meg Lockard, Upper Dublin Soccer Club
2013 Danielle Albrecht & Susan Vaughan, Aston Youth Soccer Association
2012 Diane Spencer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
2011 Vince Buff, Wilson/Reading Berks
2010 Joe Hunter, Colonial Soccer Club