Danville soccer group to mark 30th anniversary

Danville soccer group to mark 30th anniversary

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Soccer Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday at the Danville Area Soccer Complex on Winter Avenue.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a brief ceremony, including a presentation by Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, and will continue with a full day of soccer and special activities for children and families throughout the day.

The celebration "is a day for us to thank everyone who contributes to this great organization," Adnan Abdelghani, the organization's board president, said in a news release. He said the organization is entirely volunteer-driven, as volunteers coach and handle field maintenance, concessions, game day setup and cleanup.

Abdelghani said the organization is "a testament to the strength of this community. It started because a group of local families wanted a place for their kids to learn the game of soccer, and it has grown into an organization that serves families across Vermilion County, from Georgetown and Catlin to Westville, Danville, Oakwood, Bismarck and Hoopeston."

The association is a not-for-profit corporation that sponsors and promotes soccer in Danville and Vermilion County. It runs a recreational league for girls and boys from 4-14, and a competitive traveling soccer league, the Vermilion County Soccer Club.

The organization serves more than 1,500 players every fall and spring, In 2012, the league added "Super Soccer" activities, opening the sport up to developmentally-challenged children and their families.

Organizers also thanked the City of Danville and the many donors who have given the league a solid financial footing. Major donors have fields named in their honor including the Darby family, the Halloran family, Pepsico, Autozone, the Tom Goodwin family and more than 90 other area families and organizations. All will be recognized as part of the anniversary celebration.

For more information, please visit http://www.danvillesoccer.org.

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