2013 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year regional award winners announced
National winner to be named at US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
Twitter: @USYouthSoccer, live announcement of national winner
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 19, 2013) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year award. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in volunteering and giving back to the game of soccer over a lifetime.
The national Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop
in Philadelphia, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted nomination forms:
Region I – Chris Clifford – Gloucester, Va.
Chris Clifford has coached every age and gender and also had a hand in building many of the fields where local kids play. He’s helped develop nearly every soccer field in Gloucester County and has volunteered on the Baystars FC Board of Directors for many years. Chris doesn’t hesitate to fill vacant coaching positions at the club, and he continues to play soccer, as he and his wife, Polly, organize adult pick-up games twice a week.
Region II – Millard Graber – Goshen, Ind.
Soccer became part of Millard Graber’s life at age 10 when his family moved to Brazil. After moving back to the U.S., he played at Goshen College and has since helped advance the game in the Goshen community. He volunteers his time to coach and has helped build a soccer complex for the Goshen Stars. Millard’s efforts allow many kids to play the game at a low cost, which gives them an outlet to have fun outside of school.
Region III – Steve Wierzchowski – Broken Arrow, Okla.
Steve Wierzchowski implemented technology to create a more efficient and effective registration process for the Broken Arrow Soccer Club. In addition to his registrar role, Steve is always quick to volunteer for any responsibilities within the club and acts as a positive figure at all times. He will now guide the club as president and continue to be a role model and trustworthy leader for the members of Broken Arrow SC.
Region IV – Polly-Beth Odom – Wasilla, Alaska
Serving on several committees within Alaska Youth Soccer, Polly-Beth Odom has participated in guiding the State Cup, budget, coaching development and more. She served as State Cup chair for nine years and has been the AYS Vice President since 2006. In that time, Polly-Beth helped start the state’s first US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program and assisted with the operation of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup in Boise, Idaho. No matter the situation, she brings calm, logical advice to her volunteer work.
The US Youth Soccer Workshop will be held in Philadelphia from January 15-19, 2014. The annual Workshop will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention. The week is designed to further the education of coaches, administrators, referees and enthusiasts involved in the game. For more information please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Workshop/NSCAA