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Earn $2500 For Your Club

scholarships moneyThe Community Grant is a competition-based fundraising program that awards $2,500 to youth sport teams, clubs, associations and schools to rally their supporters to commit to a Responsible Sports environment. We award thirty (30) Grants a year. Since the Fall of 2007 we’ve awarded over half a million dollars to deserving youth sports organizations.

For more information, visit the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports website

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US Youth Soccer Offering Scholarships

scholarshipsUS Youth Soccer is offering a pair of $1000 scholarships. The William J. “Billy” Goaziou Scholarship has an April 12, 2013 deadline.

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the fifth term of US Youth Soccer William J. “Billy” Goaziou Scholarships. The memory of Goaziou, who was involved in soccer for more than 25 years a coach and administrator, is honored with two one-year scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to one male and one female attending a post-secondary education institution for the first time in fall 2013.

“US Youth Soccer has many volunteers, coaches and administrators who have and continue to give back to the game of soccer through service, and we are very excited to honor a man who spent more than 25 years of his life doing just that,” said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer.  “Goaziou was a well-respected man within the soccer community and I know he would be very humbled to know that his legacy continues to give back to the game of soccer.”

Goaziou served as treasurer of US Youth Soccer and the Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as chairman of the US Youth Soccer Budget and Olympic Development Program Committees. In 1994 he took office as the US Soccer Federation’s Treasurer and was re-elected three times (1998, 2000 and 2004). Beyond the soccer world, Goazioue also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The scholarship will be awarded through the US Youth Soccer Foundation to one male and one female recipient. Students eligible for the scholarship are those planning to attend a post-secondary education institute for the first time in the fall of 2013. The scholarships will be awarded based on community service and giving back to the game of soccer.

To find out more and download the application, click here.

While you’re at it, consider having your Club or Organization sign up for the Responsible Sports Grants that offer up to $2500.

Fox Sports 1

20130306-185127.jpgVia MSN Fox

Today, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) makes television history, officially unveiling plans to launch a new, national, multi-sport network called FOX Sports 1. Set to debut on Saturday, Aug. 17, just as FOX Sports kicks-off its 20th anniversary year, FS1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever. At the outset, FS1 boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually.

A robust schedule of live events forms the backbone of FOX Sports 1’s programming from Day 1, with college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC all on tap between launch and year’s end. In fact, the schedule on Aug. 17 features live events morning, noon and night including a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan and “UFC on FS1 1” in prime time. In 2014, FSMG’s new rights agreement with MLB takes effect, bringing regular and postseason games to FS1.

SOCCER – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday afternoon coverage of the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and CONCACAF Champions League featuring many of the world’s greatest and most successful clubs; the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men’s World Cup coverage in 2018 and 2022; delayed matches in prime time; weekly magazine and highlights shows.

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Swope Park Upgrade Targeted

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The ‘arms race’ in soccer facilities continues as Kansas City is now proposing a $23 million upgrade to the Swope Park facility to attract tournaments and the related ‘out-of-town families and their money’.

Via the KC Star – A $23.1 million plan championed by city officials to expand the soccer complex at Swope Park and make it more appealing for lucrative amateur tournaments got a rough reception Wednesday over its proposed financing method.

The plan has the backing of Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Councilwoman Cindy Circo, whose district includes the soccer complex. But the funding proposal ,which calls for expanding an adjacent tax-increment financing plan and using $11.1 million that’s accumulated in its account since 1991, has other taxing jurisdictions crying foul.

“This is truly a funding issue,” said Scott Jacoby, who represents Jackson County on the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission. “We are being treated as an additional piggybank by the city to fund their parks and recreation.” In a 6-5 vote, the TIF Commission voted to postpone its recommendation on amending what’s called the Winchester Center TIF Plan until January.

The Soccer Village plan would dramatically improve what is now a three-field complex and training facility built five years ago at a cost of $4.1 million by the Sporting Kansas City professional soccer club. It’s located on the edge of the park near 63rd Street and Hardesty Avenue.

The plan calls for adding seven fields with lighting; enlarging the professional athletic facility, and building new amenities such as restrooms, bleacher seating and parking.

Backers say it would help meet the strong demand for more fields by local amateur players and attract tournaments that bring out-of-town families and their money. Read more here.

KSHB Channel 41 also covered the meeting, video below. Click on the photo at right of the existing facility to see it full size

Webb City Cardinals May Finally Offer Girls Soccer

Webb City Cardinals SoccerThe Webb City school board is being pushed once again to add Girls Soccer to the activities offered by the school. You may recall in the Summer of 2008 when the School Board said no

Superintendent Ron Lankford said the R-7 Board of Education voted June 10 not to add girls soccer and golf programs this fall based on his recommendation. Lankford said rising fuel costs make this a bad time to add programs that involve traveling to competitions.

The difference this time is an organized front, as noted in this Joplin Globe article:

If Sydney Philpot gets her wish in spring 2013, she’ll be suiting up for soccer as an incoming freshman with some 60 other girls — a first for Webb City High School.

Her mother, Christy Philpot, grew up playing soccer in Columbia, Mo. Upon starting a family in Webb City, she helped to establish the Webb City Soccer Club as an opportunity for local youths.

It appears there has been a change at the Superintendent level as well which hopefully has a positive impact on the decision. Go Cardinal’s!

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