Eastern Soccer Nominated for Chase Youth Award

March 13, 2007

Good community service deserves respect. That is what the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team is getting by being nominated for the Jim Chase Asset Builder Adult Award by the Chase Youth Commission in Spokane, Wash.

Assistant coach Tamara Hageage along with players Kelsey Tufnail, Jennifer McMullen, Morgan O'Friel, Kai Gregersen, Cat Baller, Cyeeta Mott, Jocelyn Bement, Melissa Guthrie and Lillian Bourret were nominated for their work with the TOPSoccer program.

These nine players and coach Hageage were nominated by Gus Schmauch who started the TOPSoccer program here at Eastern. This is the first time that the Eagle soccer program has been nominated for a Chase Youth Award.

TOPSoccer is a community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-19 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared more toward player development than competition.

The Chase Youth Awards will be held Tuesday, March 27 at Cowles Auditorium on the campus of Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. The Youth Celebration well begin at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the Middle School Celebration at 6:30 and concluding with the Teen, Adult and Community Celebration at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. For more information call 625-6078.

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