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SMOKE SIGNALS SMOKE SIGNALS 1 STATE TOURNAMENT ISSUE - JULY/AUGUST 2013 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE OKLAHOMA SOCCER ASSOCIATION OKLAHOMA CITY Tornado Disaster Relief Fund Tops $50,000 – THANKS TO ALL WHO GAVE May 13 was a horrific day for many Oklahomans as tornados struck many parts of the state and killed 16 Oklahomans. Two of those victims were members of OSA’s soccer family. Countless homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. In response to the disaster, OSA’s Executive Board launched an immediate response to assist those OSA members who had suffered in the tragedy. Under the leadership of Brandon Story, OSA Executive Board Chairman; Tom Wedding, OSA Youth Division President; and Sid Goodrich, OSA Executive Director, arrangements were made to post a donation message on the OSA web site and Facebook pages. Working with First Fidelity Bank in Oklahoma City, the online link quickly amassed thousands of small donations from across the state and the country. Jason Hawkins, OSA’s Assistant Director of Coaching, assisted in the creation of a text donation line and that, too, became a success. The members of US Youth Soccer and United States Soccer quickly moved with donations to our state. Nearly every member of US Youth’s Region III (eleven states) quickly sent checks and offers of support. Tornado, story on page 2 TULSA State Tournaments Completed For the coaches and players in the President’s Cup and State Cup tournaments, the usual Oklahoma heat was non-existent. The first weekend of President’s Cup actually had many wearing light jackets and even the State Cup was blessed with moderate temperatures and no rain. Over the past decade the state tournaments have fought rain and heat nearly every year but 2013 was a year most will remember for its spring like days and evenings. Mazzio’s President’s Cup champions listed on pages 5-8 and Wass Corp. State champions on pages 12-14. Award Deadlines For Outstanding Coaches, Families, Referees, TOPSoccer and others Due Now OSA is proud to honor and recognize the many members who contribute to the growth and quality of soccer in Oklahoma. By completing these applications OSA members can recognize volunteers, coaches, referees, administrators, families, and TOPSoccer Buddies from their club or league. The deadline for these awards is August 1st but you can still submit even if the date has passed. So use the link below to the OSA web site for the following awards: (information on each category is provided on the site at OKSOCCER.COM.) Coach of the Year (2 awards: one for recreational and one for competitive) Hall of Fame Referee of the Year (4 awards: youth male and female; adult male and female) Volunteer of the Year Family of the Year Administrator of the Year Goal of the Year Save of the Year TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year AWA R D D ES C R I PT I O N Coach of the Year - 2013 Each year, OSA recognizes two outstanding coaches from across the state. In addition to receiving recognition at the state level, Oklahoma’s Coaches of the Year are automatically placed in nomination for the national Coach of the Year Award announced at the US Youth Soccer workshop. Any certified coach working with OSA teams in Oklahoma is eligible. The nomination form asks sevOSA Award Deadline, story on page 4

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