Joslynn Bigelow won this year’s Carla Overbeck Leadership Award for her impactful work in the United States’ broad landscape of disability soccer with TOPSoccer- an adaptive soccer program for athletes with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities. She serves as a TOPSoccer coach in her home state of Oregon, is the director for two local TOPSoccer programs and has been named the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) TOPSoccer Coach of the Year. Bigelow also currently serves as Vice President for Oregon Adult Soccer Association, OYSA TOPSoccer Chair plus is an assistant coach for CP Soccer, and head coach of the Down Syndrome Sports of America Futsal National Team.
After nearly 50 years of service to AYSO, Burton Haimes was named the Werner Fricker Builder Award winner, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by U.S. Soccer. A long-time member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and a U.S. Soccer Life Member, he served on the AYSO Board of Directors for 30 years, including seven as President and 12 as Board Chairman. During his tenure, Haimes oversaw the development and growth of a nationwide, community-based youth soccer organization that has served millions of children and their families.
Tori Penso and Kathryn Nesbitt, two of the most accomplished referees in U.S. Soccer history, earned their stripes in the amateur game.
Amateur Landscape: USA Deaf Soccer Association’s Suzanne Anderson, New Jersey Youth Soccer’s Evan Dabby, Tennessee State Soccer Association’s Hans Hobson and Oregon Adult Soccer Association’s Robin Runstein; Moderated by President Cindy Parlow Cone
President Cindy Parlow Cone chatted with amateur soccer leaders from across the country about the importance of amateur soccer in growing the game and retaining participation nationwide. With the Federation’s goal to celebrate all forms of play and ensure