5th Annual ISF Golf Classic Raises over $13,000

A very successful 5th Annual Indiana Soccer Foundation Golf Classic took place on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield, IN. Teeing off at 8:30AM, under sunny skies and 78 degrees, 18 foursomes – 72 golfers – enjoyed a beautiful day on the links and raised over $13,000 for the Indiana Soccer Foundation’s Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund.  

Rachael Leigh Fiege, 19, of Zionsville, IN passed away on August 23, 2013. The daughter of Richard and Angela Fiege, Rachael graduated with the Class of 2013 of Zionsville Community High School, where she played soccer and was involved in many other school activities. She was to begin her freshman year at Indiana University to study nursing and play club soccer. Established by the Foundation in her memory, The Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund is used for grants and scholarships consistent with the mission and vision of the Indiana Soccer Foundation. Activities are used to assist programs such as Indiana Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer programs, Soccer Across America, the Value Through Sports program developed by Ball State University and, in cooperation with Indy Eleven professional soccer, a Futsol court development program.

Besides the 18-hole scramble event, golfers were treated to a continental breakfast, a traditional cookout style luncheon and silent auction. First, second and third place teams were presented special awards consisting of a hotel package from JW Marriott Indianapolis (1st Place), a restaurant/game package from Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Carmel and tickets to an Indiana Pacers game, and a sports package consisting of tickets to Indiana Fever, Moto GP and Indianapolis Indians games.

Special hole-in-one, closest to the green and putting contest awards were provided by Sport Pins International.

A very special “Thank You” to all our sponsors: CSCI Consulting, LLC; CS Capital Management, The Brinkman Group, Olgetree Deakins, Monarch Beverage, Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer League, United Soccer Alliance of Indiana (USAi), Sport Pins International, Solar Sources, Inc. and our 19 different hole sponsors.

Thank you all for your participation and support! We look forward to seeing you again in July 2015 at Wood Wind Golf Club.

Indiana Soccer Foundation Scholarship Opportunity – Apply Now!!

The Indiana Soccer Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship program for Indiana soccer athletes  - males and females – who are in need of financial assistance in order to play travel soccer in ISL or MRL. Each scholarship request will be considered on a per season basis for coaching, club base fees, field usage or field equipment fees, officials or referee fees, league fees and other fees deemed acceptable by the Indiana Soccer Foundation. The maximum award per player is $200. Lesser awards may also be given.The following fees will not be considered for scholarship awards: coaches travel expenses, uniform expenses, player/family travel expenses, tournament fees, camp, or clinic fees.

Scholarship applicants are expected to meet the volunteer commitment required by their travel soccer club during the season for which the scholarship is granted.

Requests should be made through your club club president or an executive board or staff member of the club for his or her signature and review. Club presidents/executive board members/club staff can download the application here.

The application will then be presented by your club to the Indiana Soccer Foundation.

Fee assistance is not guaranteed with the submission of this scholarship request.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All scholarship information is for the sole purpose of helping the Indiana Soccer Foundation award scholarships to athletes in need of financial aid. These scholarship requests are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than the Indiana Soccer Foundation Grant Committee.

 

Indy Eleven To Host World Cup Block Party

The United States Men’s National Team is moving on to the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and Indy Eleven Professional Soccer, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Downtown Inc. invites fans to descend upon Mass Ave next Tuesday, July 1, for a World Cup Block Party, presented by Bright House.

“As we see with the tremendous success of Indy Eleven, our city is coming alive with soccer fans,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “I want to thank Indy Eleven, Bright House Networks and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. for coming together to plan this great block party for next Tuesday’s match.”

All lovers of the beautiful game can join “Indiana’s Team” in taking over the block of Massachusetts Avenue between Park and College Streets for this free event. Fans are encouraged to arrive well in advance of the 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff and bring their own lawn and camping chairs in order to stake out spots in front of three Neoti big screens showing the ESPN feed of the historic contest, presented by Bright House Networks.

“Indy Eleven is happy to bring together both new and longtime lovers of soccer to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team continue its run in Brazil,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “Having a local connection to this team in Fort Wayne’s DaMarcus Beasley gives the soccer community here in Indiana even more reason to follow and be proud of the accomplishments of this team.”

To accommodate fans young and old, a designated family area will be set up, featuring an Indy Eleven interactive area including an “Autograph Alley” featuring members of the team’s roster, an inflatable “speed kick” game, a merchandise stand with official team gear for sale and plenty of promotional giveaway items. Various food trucks will be on hand to help feed the masses, while the Chatham Tap will be selling beverages to keep thirsty fans satisfied.

Tuesday’s Block Party will mark the latest in Indy Eleven’s continuing series of World Cup Watch Parties across the state of Indiana, which will forge ahead all the way through to the tournament’s Final on Sunday, July 13. Stay tuned to IndyEleven.com and the team’s Facebook and Twitter homes for more information and updates on these watch parties and all things Indy Eleven as the team moves closer towards its North American Soccer League Fall Season opener on July 12 at the Carolina RailHawks.

Mass Ave Watch Party Details:

  • Mass Ave will be closed to traffic from Park Ave to College Ave at 9:30am on July 1 for event setup.
  • Gates will open to general public at 2:00pm. Admission is free.
  • 9’ x 12’ televisions will be positioned in the area for people to watch the game. Cable service is being provided by Bright House Networks.
  • Food trucks and beverage stations will be positioned along Mass Ave.
  • A designated Indy Eleven family area will feature an “Autograph Alley” with team members, inflatable games, and merchandise sales and promotional giveaway items.
  • Fans should bring their own chairs and blankets. Personal coolers will be permitted.

Additional information can be found here!

Dr. Lindsey Blom To Join ISF Board

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The Indiana Soccer Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Lindsey Blom, Ed D has joined the Foundation Board of Directors.  Dr. Blom is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Coordinator, Sport and Exercise Psychology Master’s Program at Ball State University in Muncie, IN

Dr. Blom and Ball State students are currently developing a Value through Sports (VTS) program that is designed to create and disseminate a template of best practices for youth sports organizations that promotes values and positive youth development among elementary age youth.  “I support the goals, objectives and mission of the Foundation and want to work to further support it”, said Dr. Blom when asked why she wanted to become involved.

The VTS program has been presented at the Indiana Soccer AGM and just recently at the US Soccer Foundation, 2014 Urban Soccer Symposium in Washington, DC.  Locally, Bloomington’s Cutters Soccer Club will be implementing and Beta testing the entire program this coming fall.

Dr. Blom is a member of the American Psychological Association, NCSAA, Associate of Applied Sport Psychology, and Society of Health and Physical Education.  Dr. Blom, a former college soccer player and youth coach, is married and has two children, ages 6 and 20 months.

ISF Remembers Alex Morris

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Alex Morris, the owner of the old A-League Indiana Blast and W-League Indiana Blaze of the USL system, passed away on Saturday after a battle with colon cancer. He was remembered as an Indiana soccer pioneer in the 1990s.

The story goes that Morris purchased the Blast and Blaze as a 40th birthday present for his wife, Kim, in the fall of 1997. The Blast began in the D-3 Pro League before the club joined the A-League in 1999 after having claimed the North Central Division title in 1998. The Blaze claimed a pair of W-League 2 Midwest Division titles in 1999 and 2000.

Indy Eleven Match Vs. IU To Benefit ISF

The fun of Indy Eleven Kickoff Week starts on Friday, April 4, when Indy Eleven will get a “rehearsal” at its home of Michael A. Carroll Stadium at IUPUI during a highly-anticipated exhibition match-up against Indiana University. The Eleven’s exhibition finale is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on the IUPUI campus.

Portions of the proceeds from this exhibition match will go towards the Indiana Soccer Foundation, which is working with Indy Eleven to build a futsal field at an Indianapolis park for use by the entire community.

Tickets for the match will be limited to Indy Eleven’s 7,000-member season ticket base, which can purchase their $11 seats for the match online via their Indy Eleven Account HQ page.

  • Parking will be available for $5 in all available lots for Friday’s exhibition finale. Click here for full gameday parking information, including a map and tailgating procedures and guildines.
  • Season ticket holders who paid their balance in full after March 6th will be able to pick up their season ticket booklets at the match vs. IU. Such season ticket holders should report to the Carroll Stadium Box Office, located at the venue’s northwest gate, to pick up their ticket booklet.
  • In addition, all season ticket holders that are paid in full will also be able to pick up their season ticket holder gift (a seatback cushion or blanket, depending upon seating section) at the match in the Honda Fun Zone, located behind the East Goal stands. Season ticket holders should furnish their ticket at the redemption booth to verify their seat location.

There will be no television or radio broadcasts of Friday’s match.

For more information on donating to the Indiana Soccer Foundation/Indy Eleven Futsal Project, click here!

Indy Eleven Exhibition Game To Benefit ISF

INDY ELEVEN TO FACE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S CHICAGO FIRE APRIL 1 IN WEST LAFAYETTE

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In Conjunction with Indiana Socccer Foundation, Portion of Proceeds to Be Donated to Rachael Fiege Memorial Fund

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 12, 2014) – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer today added to its calendar of local exhibition matches by announcing a match-up against Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire on Tuesday, April 1, on the campus of Purdue University. The April 1 game at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex in West Lafayette (1350 McCormick Road) is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

Tickets for the exhibition match are now avaliable and cost $15 for Preferred Seating and $11 for Standard Seating/General Admission/Supporters Sections (plus fees).  Portions of the proceeds from this exhibition match will be donated to the Indiana Soccer Foundation’s Rachael Fiege Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide assistance for soccer outreach programs includingTOPSocccer benefiting youth throughout Indiana.

Tickets are available online via the links below and will also be available at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex on the day of the match.  Separate seating sections will be made available for members of the two clubs’ respective independent supporters groups, which are available for $11 (plus fees).

For more information click here. Donations can always be made directly to the Rachael Fiege Memorial Fund by clicking here.

2014 Golf Outing – Early Bird Special!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  Register your foursome by Friday, Jun 27, and receive an early bird rate of $467.50, that’s a 15% discount.  After that it’s $500 for a foursome.

The 5th Annual Indiana Soccer Foundation Golf Classic will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at  Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield, IN. Tee off is at 8:30AM, with registration, practice range and continental breakfast beginning at 7:30. Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund.  This fund is an unrestricted fund that is used for grants consistent with the mission and vision of the Indiana Soccer Foundation – to bring life changing values, through soccer, to every child, regardless of income or geographic location.  Activities are funded with monies not otherwise dedicated to a restricted purpose and used for grant awards to programs such as TOPSoccer, Soccer Across America, and the Value Through Sports program developed by Ball State University.

Rachael Leigh Fiege, 19, of Zionsville, IN passed away on August 23, 2013.  The daughter of Richard and Angela Fiege, Rachael graduated with the Class of 2013 of Zionsville Community High School, where she played soccer and was involved in many other school activities.  She was to begin her freshman year at Indiana University to study nursing and play club soccer.

To register and/or get sponsorship information, click here.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at Wood Wind Golf Club.

ISF Hosts Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Reception

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Peter Wilt, IndyEleven President, rolls the dice for the kids during an ISF fundraiser at the 2014 AGM.

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Soccer Hall of Fame members at the Hall of Fame reception hosted by the ISF at the 2014 Soccer AGM.

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Soccer Hall of Fame members at the Hall of Fame reception hosted by the ISF at the 2014 Soccer AGM.

The Indiana Soccer Foundation hosted the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Reception on February 8, 2014 prior to the Indiana Soccer Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction dinner held at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel, IN. “This was a great opportunity to thank all the Hall of Fame members for their years of service to the soccer community”, said Dean Vinten, President of the Indiana Soccer Foundation.

Michael Grubb Receives Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer Award

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Michael Grub, from the Cutters Soccer Club in Bloomington, IN was presented the Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer Award by the Indiana Soccer Foundation on February 8, 2014 at the Indiana Soccer Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction dinner held at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel, IN.

This recognition goes to an individual who has made a significant contribution to youth soccer in the State of Indiana over a long period of time that will be seen for years to come, or to that individual that gives an extraordinary effort to a specific event or program over a relatively short period of time.

“Michael has been involved in Bloomington soccer since 1981”.  “This recognition certainly describes the contributions he has made to soccer programs, and the community in general, in the Bloomington area”, said Dean Vinten, President of the Indiana Soccer Foundation.  Among his very significant accomplishments over the past 30 years, which included building club and high school programs, tournaments, and developing fields at Karst Farm Park, has been his involvement in Cutters Outreach Programs since 2010.  He has taken the outreach program to local churches, Bloomington Boys/Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  In addition he started a TOPSoccer program with the Bloomington Down Syndrome Family Connection.