Demosphere Presents the 2016 VYSA Volunteer of the Year Award to Richard Smith

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Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Richard Smith (NCSL), Jay Baker (Demosphere)

This past Saturday, Demosphere attended the 2016 Virginia Youth Soccer Association Awards Gala to honor the VYSA Award winners, as well as the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees. It was a well-hosted gala attended by some of the top administrators, coaches, referees and volunteers in the state of Virginia.

This year, Demosphere was proud to sponsor and present the award for the 2016 VYSA Volunteer of the Year to Richard Smith, President of the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL). Richard also serves as a travel commissioner on the VYSA Board, and as a Region I Commissioner.

Demosphere has been partnered with NCSL for over 15 years and we were extremely proud to present the award to their President. Richard has helped propel the league forward with new ideas, strong leadership, and a focus on positive player development.

Congratulations to Richard, the other very deserving award recipients and all the VA-DC Soccer Hall of Fame inductees!

Better Sports Club Recognizes Sportswoman of the Year

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Jay Baker with the Girls Soccer Sportswoman of the Year, Lauren Harkes

Demosphere teamed up once again with the Better Sports Club of Arlington to sponsor the Girls Soccer Sportswoman of the Year award at their 59th Annual Awards Banquet which took place on June 3, 2015.

The Better Sports Club is a nonprofit community organization in Arlington, VA founded in 1957 on the principal of promoting “useful citizenship through the medium of sports.” The Club focuses on developing fair play, good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, and friendship amongst youth athletes.

Their Annual Awards Banquet is held each year to honor Arlington high school student-athletes who have demonstrated an outstanding achievement in academics, character, and athletics.

This year, Better Sports Club honored Lauren Harkes.

“Lauren exemplifies what a student/athlete should be in the way she carries herself both on and off the field – always caring and helping others while maintaining a high level of professionalism.” – HS Coach Alberto Starace

In addition to helping to lead her high school (O’Connell) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game this year, Lauren’s senior year also included being named first team All-Conference and first team All-Met. Lauren is heading to Clemson University next year and will continue playing soccer.

Congratulations Lauren, and keep up the good work!

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Illinois Youth Soccer Recognizes Demosphere Administrator Of The Year

Admin of the YearDemosphere has teamed up with Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) once again to sponsor the Demosphere Administrator Of The Year Award.

In addition to receiving recognition for an outstanding year, the winning administrator’s organization also receives a grant to further their objectives.

This year, Illinois Youth Soccer Association honored Bob Franklin of Illinois Women’s Soccer League.

For more than 35 years, Franklin has served the Illinois Women’s Soccer League administration with an overwhelming commitment to the game of soccer and the latest technological advances.  His work in the business management sector of the League has been a driving force in the club’s long-running success.

Standing out for his efforts, Bob was also recognized this year by U.S. Youth Soccer as the Administrator Of The Year for Region II.

Congratulations Bob – keep up the great work!


Congrats To Lou Vitello – New York West’s Admin. Of The Year!

New York West Administrator Of The YearDemosphere aims to make youth sports administration as simple as possible, and that’s especially true for New York West Youth Soccer Assn.

Demosphere has provided website and registration solutions for over 10 years. For the past two years, Demosphere has sponsored the annual Administrator of the Year award which recognizes a leading administrator and offers a donation to further club operations for the coming year.

This year, New York West Youth Soccer Assn. honored Lou Vitello, Director of Coaching for Clarence Soccer Club, as its Administrator Of The Year.

For more than 17 years, Vitello has coached multiple teams, developed coaching materials for fellow coaches, increased the number of available fields, and solicited sponsorships for the club.

Vitello accepted his award recently with Demosphere staff Spenser Anne Edwards, Camille Cheatwood, and Kris Baker at the state association’s awards dinner.

Congrats Lou – and keep up the great work!