Tom Frambach, General Manager,
As we near the end of 2018, we are humbled and proud to reflect on DUSC’s fantastic fiscal year of 2017/2018. Thank you to all our players, parents, coaches, volunteers, donors, board members and everyone who made it happen.
This was the year we served 4,268 players in various programs throughout the club. Our commitment to provide soccer for all continued to take form as we added programs on both ends of development, rolling out our early childhood program for ages 3-4 and launching our U23 men’s team. We now offer programs from ages 3 to 23 with a goal of adding a U23 women’s team in 2019.
This was the year—thanks to your generosity!—a record number of players received financial assistance, totaling over $376,000 in subsidized player fees and over $45,000 in subsidized uniforms for those in need.
This was the year our partnership with New York City FC also helped provide FREE after-school soccer programing that establishes healthy habits and productive outcomes for an additional 130 kids who attend PS 20 and PS 134 as part of the Cityzens Giving project.
This was the year our girls academy program took another step forward, increasing participation 14% while adding some notable coaches to our staff, Sarah Dwyer Shick and Annie Eckstein, who bring added experience and insight to our program. This was also the year Kevin McCarthy was hired as our Director of Youth Development, adding 20+ years of experience coaching at the collegiate level for both women and men at Division I Columbia University. A native of NYC, he has navigated the soccer scene as player, coach, board member, volunteer and parent.
This was the year we launched the Development League (D League) program, giving players the opportunity to compete in a travel team environment as a bridge from our Rec League to Academy for boys in the U9-U12 boys. 52 new players were added to the D League.
This was the year 43 players graduated from our academy program to college. Most are continuing to participate in intercollegiate or club soccer with their school while pursuing higher education. Our alumni continue to spread out across the country and come back to DUSC after high school graduation to compete in our newly formed U20 + U23 teams, participate in our summer camp program as a coach/counselor or just say hello to former coaches and mentors.
Accompanying the growth of our club is our continued commitment to deliver programming based on our core values: serving our players development first and foremost, creating environments for physical and emotional well-being, and offering inclusive opportunities for all members of our community regardless of income or ability.