US Youth Soccer Kicks Off First Development Activation with NWSLPA
3 Feb, 2020
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is excited to kick-off the first Official Player and Personal Development activation of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) relationship.
Dr. Pete Zopfi, Chairman USYS Board, and Andrew R Hiatt, Interim-CEO of USYS, welcomed NWSLPA members Katherine Reynolds and Rachel Hill to the team as they begin their off-season professional business experience at the USYS National Office in Frisco, TX. Katherine and Rachel will be fully integrated members of the USYS team and will get first-hand experiences in both Marketing and Operations as they learn new skills, develop capabilities and interact with a range of staff, personnel and young players throughout their experience on-site and live at USYS Fall/Winter events.
Katherine Reynolds currently plays with the Portland Thorns and won a NWSL Championship with them in 2017. Rachel Hill currently plays with the Orlando Pride and previously played with Perth Glory (Australia) in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. Both women have a range of professional and business experience and will be able to leverage their USYS opportunity to develop their network, learn new skills and serve as the benchmark for future development activation across the USYS system of 55 State Associations.
The USYS + NWSLPA partnership is aimed at developing programs focused on growing the game of soccer and increasing awareness of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and its players while cultivating the personal development of participating NWSL players. Through this first-of-its-kind relationship between a youth and professional soccer organization we will create opportunities to further connect professional female soccer players via networking opportunities, USYS events, clinics, camps, and speaking engagements. Participating players from the NWSLPA will continue serving as positive role models within their communities as they encourage younger players.
Please join us in welcoming to the US Youth Soccer team, Katherine and Rachel!
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to make soccer the preeminent youth sport in the country. US Youth Soccer registers 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 55 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) - The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) is made up of nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league players from around the world. The Mission of the NWSLPA is, “To build on the opportunity that has been afforded to us, as well as work to achieve those goals that have not yet been attained. We honor the vision and progress of those who came before us... Pledge to work with the League and Allocated Players to advance continued improvements in women's soccer... Commit ourselves to doing all in our power for the betterment of our members so that we may best contribute to the common goal: a world-class product on the field, and to be role models and inspire the next generation off the field." The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) consists of the following clubs/teams: Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation.