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Red Bulls help honor New Jersey Youth Soccer’s finest

EDISON, NJ – New York Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpre, along with Director of Training Programs Dave Jervis and other members of the Red Bulls staff, attended the 27th annual New Jersey Youth Soccer Awards Dinner earlier this month in Edison. The dinner, which presents awards to players, coaches, and volunteers, was attended by almost 500 people, including NJYS teams, coaches, referees, volunteers and their families.

New Jersey Youth Soccer and the Red Bulls have worked side by side for a number of years, and are in the second year of a formal partnership in which the Red Bulls provides professional, certified youth coaches to work with NJYS sponsored teams and programs.

“NJ Youth Soccer provides a platform for more than 150,000 children to play soccer in urban, suburban and rural locations throughout our state,” said Roy Squillario, president of NJ Youth Soccer.

“As an NJ Youth Soccer partner, we were honored to attend the NJYS Awards Dinner, which does a fantastic job of bringing together the youth soccer community," said Jervis. “The dinner provides a great opportunity to recognize the great players in our state, as well as the volunteers who invest hundreds of hours in running youth programs. As a community-focused organization the Red Bulls are proud to be involved in such a positive grassroots event.”

The evening acknowledged many of the state’s boys and girls U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series (NCS) and State Cup team champions as well as players selected for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development Program pool team. The organization also gave out individual awards for volunteer of the year, and referee of the year, and awarded scholarships to college-bound players from around the state.

The following honorees were presented with awards for their individual contributions:

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION
BOB McNULTY COACHES OF THE YEAR Lisa Milanese  Woodbridge Twp Youth SA
  Tracey Grimaldi  Woodbridge Twp Youth SA
RECREATION COACH OF THE YEAR David Van Ginnekin  Walkill Valley Rec Soccer
TOPSOCCER BUDDY OF THE YEAR Zach Saliterman West Morris SC
  Anne-Sophie Whitehead  West Orange United
LIESEL KREHAN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR  Joe Robb Former Executive Director, NJYS
YOUTH REFEREES OF THE YEAR Shehab Saad Princeton
  Cara Dalton                         Vineland
ALLAN SINCLAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Samantha Green  Mount Laurel United 
  Austin Verissimo  Ironbound Soccer Club Elite
JEANINE WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP Annaliese Keimel Highland Soccer Club 
  Michael Stakilinski  Manalapan Soccer Club
BRETT FENSTER MEM. SCHOLARSHIP Adam Taylor Walkill Valley Soccer Club

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 156,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old supported by thousands of coaches and volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs.

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