Philadelphia Union announced today that the club presented the 2013 Spirit Award to YSC Sports and YSC Academy for their commitment to the future of youth leadership development and growth of soccer. This annual award is presented to an organization that best epitomizes the club’s twelve Spirit words in its Purpose Statement – Authentic, Honorable, Inclusive, Trust, Pride, Relentless, Creative, Passionate, Responsibility, Focused, Competitive and Commitment.
“The innovation, creativity and commitment to youth development in sports from Richie Graham and the team at YSC Sports and YSC Academy is unparalleled,” noted Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner in our mission in youth soccer development and are pleased to be able to recognize them with this award and to help fund young players as they follow their dreams.”
Located adjacent to YSC Sports in Wayne, Pa., YSC Academy is a college preparatory school that provides motivated youth soccer players the opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing professional soccer while engaging in a top-level education program that prepares them for life beyond the game. Success at YSC Academy emphasizes the quality of students and the strength of character developed as they pursue excellence both on and off the field of play. A daily routine for students combines a strategic mixture of technical soccer and athletic development as well as rigorous academic courses. Over half of the students attending YSC Academy are on financial scholarship.
“We’ve modeled our youth programs at YSC Sports and YSC Academy after the purpose statement from Philadelphia Union to create leaders both on, and more importantly, off the field,” said YSC Sports and YSC Academy founder Richie Graham. “We’re honored to receive this award and thankful for the support of Philadelphia Union, who are truly committed to developing the game and the youth in our community."
Last year’s recipient was Philadelphia Union supporters group, Sons of Ben.