Improving Lives of Youth Through Sport

The Foundation Quarterly: January-March 2019

President’s Corner:

Working for you, Paying it forward…

Jim Nickens became the Indiana Soccer Foundation’s new president in December 2018.  Replacing Dean Vinten who had served in that position from 2007-2018, Jim brings a fresh approach to Foundation operations.  Jim joined the Board in February 2018.  He has served on the boards of: Girls Scouts of Central Indiana, Unity House (Troy NY), Double H Ranch (NY), University of Toledo Institutional Review Board (Toledo OH), Alumni board, Hawken School (Gates Mills, OH. Jim currently serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana.

According to Jim: “As your new Foundation president, I hope to repay those who supported me by paying it forward, through the Foundation, to help those Indiana children who are who are financially, physically, or mentally challenged gain access to the gamethat has meant so much to me.”

We have just completed a successful silent auction raising over $2,800 from the sale of auction items and direct contributions.  Next – the Indiana Soccer Foundation Memorial Golf Outing.

New Directors Welcome:

A special welcome to our two newest Directors – Morteza Semnani and Ray Sahm.

Morteza Semnani has over 35 years of adult soccer active experience as a player, coach, and club manager in central Indiana’s main men’s leagues. “I started my amateur career at Indianapolis Soccer Club (German Park) in 1988, said Morteza.  As a coach/manager I have contributed to over 1000 adult players’ registrations through my ball club with the US Adult Soccer Association, many of them are still active and renew their player memberships annually”.

Morteza has over 30 years of professional business experience in senior and executive IT management, including as a business owner as well as former CIO of multi-billion-dollar commercial bank.  Morteza has served on the boards of Fiserv Client Advisory Board and Super Community Bank CIO Peer Group

Raymond Sahm currently has over two decades of soccer experience as a Certified USSF referee, assignor, assessor, futsal referee (since 2915, and certified IHSAA/NFHS referee (since 2002).  In joining the Board, Ray said: “I want to continue to contribute to the develop of soccer programs and activities within Indiana.”

Foundation Events:

Supporting Indiana Families and Children

Golf Outing – Friday June 7th

More detail will be forthcoming, but for now mark your calendar for:

Indiana Memorial Cup – May 31st-June 2nd.

A celebration of life.  The Indiana Memorial Cup was inspired by the loss of Rachael Fiege, who began her soccer career playing for Zionsville Youth Soccer Association (ZYSA) at the early age of 5. Her journey facilitated the development of numerous friends on and off the field and cultivated a passion for the game as she began playing travel soccer for Dynamo FC, FC Pride and Carmel United.  She also participated in the Indiana Olympic Development Program, where she was named to the Indiana State Team and attended several Region ll Camps.

The proceeds from the Indiana Memorial Cup are used to support programming and facilities for underserved populations and to support the scholarship and grant programs of the Indiana Soccer Foundation.

For all the IMC details and to email information on someone to be remembered email Indiana Soccer at

As a result of Rick and Angela’s personal insight and compassion for those in the Indiana Soccer family who have suffered the loss of a child, teammate, player and/or sibling, Indiana Soccerand the Indiana Soccer Foundationare honored to provide the Indiana Memorial Cup to pay tribute to those players, coaches and referees whom we have lost much too soon (ages 21 and under).

Silent Auction.

Held on site and on-line (powered by 32Auctions,, the Foundation held its 6thAnnual Indiana Soccer Foundation Silent Auction on March 2 in conjunction with the Indiana Soccer AGM.  Items were also available for open bidding at the Indianapolis Renaissance Hotel in Carmel.

Funds raised from the auction, which netted approximately $1,800, will be used to help those Indiana children who are financially, physically, or mentally challenged gain access to the game.  Funds are also used to provide Values Grants to Indiana Soccer clubs and other organization desiring to incorporate values through sports program through there soccer development programs.

The high bids of the evening – $150 each – were for the Framed Messi Collectors Piece (left) and the Indy Eleven Fan Pack (right).

Central Indiana Adult Soccer Association

One of two major financial contributors to the silent auction was the CIASA.

Established in 1981, CIASA is a non-profit organization and probably the oldest sanctioned adult soccer league in existence within Central Indiana with a history extending back to 1960’s.

CIASA consists of soccer community volunteers driven to promote healthy outlook, team leadership, and the pursuit of the sport of soccer for fun and excellence.   Their dedication and the support of the soccer community in Indiana has been a vital factor in the league’s success.  All CIASA sanctioned games are officiated by USSF accredited referees assigned through Indiana Soccer (part of USASA & FIFA).

The short- and long-term vision of CIASA is to endeavor and to continue bringing together adult soccer enthusiasts within central Indiana communities to actively participate and enjoy their passion of the game of soccer with emphasis on promoting healthy outlook, team leadership, friendship, and the pursuit of soccer excellence.

Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer Award.

During the Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, March 2ndthe Indiana Soccer Foundation honored Rick Fiege with the Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer Award.  This award recognizes the work of those who have made a lasting contribution to the game of soccer.  Rick Fiege stands as a shining example of such a legacy

As noted in the Awards Gala program – “With talents that have touched the lives of players for more than thirty years, service t the field both through coaching and leadership, a legacy that lives on through the Zionsville soccer facility and the Memorial Cup, and a love of the game that has impacted all those who knew him, there are few who have done more for the Good of Soccer than Coach Rick Fiege. In Rick’s absence, Mark Weber, Indiana Fire Juniors Executive Director, accepted the award for on Rick’s behalf.

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