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Washington Freedom Honor Maryland Youth Soccer Volunteers at July 29th Game

July 28, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

In recognition of the dedicated service provided to Maryland youth soccer players, the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and the Washington Freedom are honoring MSYSA's Coach and Volunteer of the Year recipients during a special half-time ceremony at the Freedom's July 29th game against the Boston Breakers at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Prior to the game, the Freedom also will be hosting a reception for all Maryland youth soccer volunteers and providing discounted tickets to these volunteers for that evening's game.

The MSYSA 2009 Volunteer of the year goes to Claire Filemyr. As is often the case for many Maryland Youth Soccer Volunteers, Claire wears many hats. Claire comes from the OLNEY soccer club and manages the clubs travel teams. As the OLNEY representative to the National Capital Soccer League, she is the NCSL Maryland Commissioner and serves on the NCSL Executive Committee. She also is an MSYSA registrar

Further, Claire directs the Positive Coaching Alliance for this area as well. Positive Coaching Alliance certification is mandatory for all NCSL coaches. In being nominated, it was said of Clair "She is a shining ambassador for the game because she promotes soccer in a friendly, honest way that attracts more participants to the game."

The Coach of the Year goes to Pete Sarioglou. Coach Pete has been training his U10 Baltimore Bays 99 Stars team for 3 years now and has become one of the best U10 teams in the state. Though he does not have a child on the team, he spends quite a bit of his own time away from his family to train and coach a good group of 10 years old boys.

Coach Pete has also established an Annual Juggle Fest for the team to participate in each year. All of the money from the Fest goes to charity, with this past year raising over $3000 for St. Jude Children Research Hospital.

"Maryland youth soccer is very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers as Claire and Pete," said MSYSA President Benjamin Neil. "They are representative of the thousands of parent volunteers that make youth soccer possible for the 50,000 youth players in our state."

About MSYSA The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association is the governing body of youth soccer in the State of Maryland and is affiliated with US Youth Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, and FIFA, the world governing body of soccer. The purpose of the association is to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer among youth under 19 years of age.

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