Plymouth Meeting, PA—February 26—In recognition of Quakertown Soccer Club’s tremendous commitment to and development of soccer for all ages and abilities, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is proud to distinguish the club as its D’Anjolell Award winner for 2014.
The D’Anjolell Award is handed out each year to a club or league that dedicates itself to growing soccer across all levels of play. This includes travel teams, recreational leagues, special needs programs, and support of the Olympic Development Program.
Quakertown Soccer Club will be honored on Saturday, March 7th as part of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s annual Awards Reception. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center-Lehigh Valley. For more information about the Awards Reception and how to purchase tickets please visit EPYSA.org/events/awards_reception.
Quakertown SC has embraced the spirit of the D’Anjolell’s. The Club boasts 21 travel teams from U9 to U19, two academies at U8 and U10, and an intramural league that features more than 800 players. More importantly, travel fees for Quakertown have not changed in five years.
This is the second time Quakertown has received the D’Anjolell. Only one other club, Yardley Makefield Soccer, has accomplished that feat.
“Winning the D’Anjolell Award is a fantastic accomplishment for Quakertown Soccer Club and our community,” said Quakertown SC President Jeffrey Geiser. “Frankly, none of us do this for the merit—we do it for the kids. We have some very loyal and dedicated people here who really want community-based soccer to be successful.”
The D’Anjolell Award is named in honor of Ron and Betty D’Anjolell, two luminaries of the youth soccer community both in Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Ron served as the association’s president from 1983-87. His wife Betty served as both Treasurer and Secretary of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer from 1980-87. She later moved to become the National Chair of Girls ODP. Betty is best remembered for laying the foundation for the United States Women’s National Team. She also became the first female executive in Major League Soccer history when she joined D.C. United in 1995. In the later years of her life, Betty returned to work with Lansdowne Soccer Club, proving that her heart remained in Eastern Pennsylvania. Ron and she both sought to foster the sport in the region, a characteristic that defines their legacy.
In addition to its player participation, Quakertown runs three tournaments throughout the year. The Sarah Parvin SoccerFest, a 6v6, 24-hour event, is the most unique and special of the three. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Sarah Parvin Foundation. Parvin died in April, 2006 at the age of 12 after a battle with cancer. The SoccerFest annually features around 200 teams and has raised more than $250 thousand for patient care and comfort at the Hope Lodge and the initiation of an ovarian cancer research arm at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
“We’re extremely pleased with the initiatives that Quakertown Soccer Club has taken on,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer President Jim Kuntz. “They embody Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s mission as well as that of the D’Anjolell’s.”