Indiana Soccer Will Always Remember Larry Harmon

image-9-27-16-at-9-55-am

It is with a heavy heart that we report to you that Larry Harmon passed away this past Friday night, September 23rd. Larry’s wife Mary, and his two sons were with Larry when he died. Indiana Soccer will mourn the loss of an amazing friend of the Indiana Soccer family. Larry was deeply involved in soccer for over 20 years. His first experience was in 1985 when like many of us, he started coaching recreational soccer. He coached recreational soccer for eight years and at the more competitive level for five additional years.

Larry served as the Indiana Youth Soccer Association president from 1993-2000 and chaired the Indiana Soccer foundation from 1995-2000. Larry received the Mike Vogel Humanitarian Award in 1997 from the North Central Soccer Club of Indiana. In 2000, he was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame.

Larry was extremely influential in the development of the 21 field Lawrence Soccer Park and in bringing three major national events to Indiana. He was instrumental in obtaining a construction grant, obtaining on acre of land, and constructing the Indiana Soccer office building on the Lawrence Soccer facility.

Larry, was an incredibly passionate soccer enthusiast whose tireless service to the game of the soccer went well beyond Indiana’s boarders!

Larry served as US Youth Soccer’s Member at Large from 2000-2007. He also served as the Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 1996 US Youth Soccer National Championships as well as the 1988 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. His service was honored by US Youth Soccer by renaming the D.J. Niotis Cup for the Under-16 Boys National Champion to the Larry Harmon Cup.

Larry also served on the United States Soccer Federation Board of Directors as a Youth Representative from 2000-2006 and was on the Women’s Development Committee from 1996-1998. Additionally he served on committees such as U.S. Soccer’s Project 2010 and the Project Gold Task Force to help provide guidance for U.S. Soccer’s future. Larry was also a recipient of the most coveted honor of being a Life Member of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Larry acted as Chair of the MLS Indianapolis Bid Committee, General Manager of the Indiana Blast and Indiana Blaze, President of the Northeast Youth Soccer Association, chairman of the U.S. Open Cup Local Organizing Committee, member of the White River Park State Games Hall of Fame, President of the Lawrence Soccer Corporation, and Committee Co-Chairman of the Pan American Games.

Indiana Soccer’s Executive Director Dave Guthrie (who followed Larry into the office as president of Indiana Soccer from 2000-2006), stated that “Larry Harmon established a course for the organization nearly 20 years ago that continues to benefit the Indiana Soccer Family. Larry’s insight and council will be greatly missed. The Indiana Soccer Family will remember, and be eternally grateful for the significant contributions of Larry Harmon.”

Information on Larry’s memorial service has not been made available. Once details have been received, they will be made available to the Indiana Soccer extended family.

2016 ISF Grant Program

The Indiana Soccer Foundation is offering grants up to $2500 to assist soccer related programs that are consistent with the Indiana Soccer Foundation mission in intentionally developing values in youth such as honesty, caring, respect and responsibility utilizing the game of soccer as a medium.  While Indiana Soccer Association clubs are encouraged to apply, these grants are not limited to Indiana Soccer Association organizations.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016.

For more information on grant eligibility requirements and the grant application process, click here.

 

 

Indiana Soccer Foundation Youth Video Competition

September is Youth Soccer Month!

  • Have you learned more from soccer than just dribbling, passing, and shooting?
  • Has it taught you patience, leadership, teamwork, empathy for others, poise, sportsmanship, maybe a stronger work ethic?
  • What has it done for you, personally?

We’d like to know! Make a video and tell us about it! The top video entry will receive a special prize package including:

  • Family four pack to the Indy 11 October 17 game
  • Brought onto the field to be spotlighted at halftime
  • Your video showing on the Jumbotron at the game

In order to celebrate Youth Soccer Month, the Indiana Soccer Foundation wants to hear from you about the positive power of youth soccer! To enter the competition the Foundation invites registered Indiana Soccer youth players and/or youth referees to submit a self-made video that is less than 90 seconds explaining how your participation in soccer has helped you to develop specific values.

The top videos will be posted on the Indiana Soccer Foundation website, with first and second place winning videos selected at the end of the month. The first place winner will receive a VIP Family 4 pack of Premier section tickets to the October 17th game, a scarf and a jersey. The second place winner will receive 4 regular tickets to the October 17th game. Both winners will have their videos displayed on the jumbotron. Winners will be notified by October 7.

To participate, please read the following guidelines:

  • Complete the application sheet (click here for the application);
  • Complete the parent permission and release;
  • Check the video requirements;
  • Create a homemade video that is 90-second or less, illustrating how soccer has helped to develop specific values in you. Tell your story. Be creative and have fun!
  • Submit the cover sheet, permission form, release(s), and video (by YouTube or vimeo link or as a file) to The Indiana Soccer Foundation, jeffn@indianasoccerfoundation.com by October 3.

Good luck!!

ISF Scholarship Information

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.

The deadline for submission is October 3.

First New Futsal Court Opened

Futsal

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 15, 2015) – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has teamed up with Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer Foundation to introduce the “Futsal for Indiana” program, which will introduce the sport of futsal to underserved Hoosiers.  Futsal, a small-sided version of soccer, is played on hard surfaces with a heavier ball and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Rhodius Park is the first of 11 planned sites where Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer Foundation will convert underused spaces – mostly basketball and tennis courts – into futsal courts to better serve neighborhoods and local communities. Today marks the opening of an underutilized tennis court at Rhodius Park that has been transformed into a 54-by-100 foot futsal court with a renovated surface, with funding for this initial project provided by a donation from Indy Eleven and a matching grant from the Indiana Soccer Foundation.

The program was unveiled today in conjunction with SCORE, Indy Parks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Big Car Collaborative and William Penn Elementary School (IPS School 49) with the official opening of the court located on Indianapolis’ near west side.

Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer, IPS School 49, SCORE, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and additional community groups will program the new futsal court at Rhodius Park, which will also be open for general use by the community.  The first official on-site event taking place at the court will be the “Union Jack Cup” Supporters 5-v-5 Futsal Tournament, featuring teams representing six different soccer supporters groups next Saturday, May 23, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Today’s court opening at Rhodius Park is just the start of the rapid growth planned for the sport of futsal across the Hoosier State in the coming years.  Indiana Soccer will open more doors for the sport via a new partnership with US Futsal, the sport’s national governing body, to facilitate the burgeoning expansion of futsal for both recreational and competitive players of all ages and abilities.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Indianapolis will play host to a futsal tournament on Sept. 19 at downtown’s Pan Am Plaza in conjunction with the annual Indianapolis Sister Cities Festival.  More details on the tournament, which will feature teams from across Central Indiana representing several international communities, will be unveiled by the Mayor’s Office in the coming months.

Futsal for Indiana Quote Sheet

Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis:

“Indianapolis has been a sports town for nearly a century, and I am pleased to welcome the global sport of futsal to Rhodius Park.  I appreciate Indy Eleven’s continued support for Indy Parks and continued investment in our community.”

Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven President and General Manager:

“The Futsal for Indiana launch shows what like-minded civic, private and charitable organizations can do when they have a community’s best interests in mind.  For Indy Eleven, this is about more than leaving a legacy – it’s about putting our mission statement of ‘Winning championships with and for the community’ into action.  We cannot wait to expand into additional neighborhoods across Indy and beyond with the help of Indiana Soccer, the Indiana Soccer Foundation, the City of Indianapolis and our other valued partners.”

Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer Executive Director

“Futsal will play a significant role in the future development of Indiana’s youth.  Indiana Soccer is honored to be among such formidable contributors to help develop futsal playing opportunities.”

Dean Vinten, Indiana Soccer Foundation Board President:

“This court fulfills the mission of the Indiana Soccer Foundation – to teach values through sports. With the values based programming that will be taught at the Rhodius Park Futsal Court, kids will learn traits that will last them the rest of their lives”

 Allen McClendon, Indy Parks Sr. Manager of Community Outreach:

“Indy Parks is proud to collaborate with Indy Eleven and associated partners to promote futsal in Indianapolis.  This is yet another example of our city’s expansion of global sports as we embrace a sport popular in South America.”

 

About the Indiana Soccer Foundation: Formed in 1995, the Indiana Soccer Foundation is dedicated to enhance, support, promote and foster programs that benefit the long-term development of youth within Indiana communities. Our vision is to bring life changing values, through soccer, to every child, regardless of income or geographic location

ISF Hosts 1st Auction And Introduces Hall Of Fame Class Of ’15

INDIANA SOCCER FOUNDATION HOSTS FIRST SILENT AUCTION AND INTRODUCES THE INDIANA SOCCER HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015 INDUCTEES

Indianapolis, Indiana. February 2, 2015

The Indiana Soccer Foundation held its first silent auction on January 31st in conjunction with the Indiana Soccer AGM and Awards Gala, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, IN. “Our silent auction was very successful. The event will definitely remain as an annual fund raising event for the Foundation”, said Dean Vinten, Indiana Soccer Foundation President. The auction, which ran for 10 days from January 21 – January 31, raised $6,366. These funds will support boys and girls scholarships, Futsol court development, and TOPSoccer needs. The auction drew 244 bids on 62 items. Top selling items included an autographed Lauren Cheney 2011 World Cup jersey-$520, a Pele framed autographed picture set-$345, and a 100th anniversary watch from US soccer-$350. Congratulations to all the winning bidders.

The Indiana Soccer Foundation also held its annual Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Reception. The reception honored new inductees as well as recognizing all members of the Hall of Fame. Inductees in the Class of 2015 were Sherry Green, Vince Gansberg, and Dean Vinten. As each new member was introduced, they received their new Hall of Fame pin and were “pinned” by their spouse. “It’s a great idea”, said Jim Green (Class of 2007), husband of Sherry Green. The newly designed pin was created by the Indiana Soccer Foundation, approved by the Hall of Fame Operating Committee, and produced by Sport Pins International in California. It was a special honor this year to have Jay Fredrich (Class of 2000) attend. Jay traveled from Little Rock, AR to assist Foundation President, Dean Vinten in presenting the “Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer” at the Awards Gala hosted by Indiana Soccer. The award, sponsored by the Indiana Soccer Foundation, was given this year to Bill Walton, United Soccer Alliance of Indianapolis.

Support the Foundation – Get Great Stuff!!

The Indiana Soccer Foundation is holding its first annual silent auction in conjunction with the Indiana Soccer Association Gala on January 31.

Here’s a chance to bid on and win great items like tickets to a Columbus Crew MLS match; a Lauren Cheney jersey signed by her and 13 other World Cup teammates; Chicago Bulls tickets; a framed, autographed set of Pele pictures, and much, much more! Bidding is happening now online – log on here for more information!!

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.