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The Face Of Soccer In The U.S. Coming To Wisconsin




Soccer may still be the fastest growing sport in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The traditional “big three” need to move over and add room for one more sport. Football, basketball and baseball are still extremely popular sports for area children to play, but soccer may have already hurdled football in popularity specifically in the Sturgeon Bay School District.

Young soccer players have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet soccer legend Abby Wambach, 2012 FIFA Woman’s Player of the Year, a five-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award and 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist. Abby will visit Brookfield, Wisconsin on November 2, 2013 in the morning with a luncheon to conclude her visit.

Wambach, along with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, has launched an innovative and fun fundraiser to benefit WYSA’s TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs. Players who raise $250 will meet and have lunch, along with a parent or guardian, and the soccer legend herself at Wisconsin’s soccer celebration with Abby Wambach. She said, “I’m thrilled to team up with WYSA to raise both money and awareness for TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America. I can’t wait to meet all the young soccer players of Wisconsin on November 2nd!”

Players raising a minimum of $250 for the TOPSoccer/SoccerAcrossAmerica programs will, with a parent or guardian, have lunch with; ask questions to, AND EVEN PLAY IN A SOCCER GAME, with soccer legend Abby Wambach. The top 64 overall fundraisers will participate in a soccer game with Abby.

This event is a terrific way for players to fulfill service hours to their church or school, raise money for soccer programs for disadvantaged players, and get an opportunity to meet a soccer legend.

The event with Abby Wambach takes place Saturday, November 2 at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 West Lisbon Rd.  in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Melissa Vukovic, Executive Director of Wisconsin Youth Soccer says, “We are very excited to introduce Abby Wambach to soccer’s future stars growing up here in Wisconsin. We are also thrilled to partner with her to generate funds and increase awareness for our TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America program. This is teamwork at its best!”

To register participants for the event, or to contribute to a registered participant’s account, go to: http://wysaplayhardplayfair.org/login/?action=register

The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association mission is to provide valuable services for all of our membership through a fun, safe environment and education to promote the growth of soccer. This occurs by providing fair and consistent application of programs to all Wisconsin youth in partnership with our affiliated organizations.

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

Soccer Across America is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. Focused on making soccer available to lower-income children in underserved communities, Soccer America provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations who might otherwise not be exposed to the sport. Soccer Across America also helps new programs find the funding and equipment to begin and then to expand their activities.

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