Over 300 Colorado Rush Family stepped away from the soccer fields last Tuesday, June 4th, to take part in this years Hall of Fame Honor Banquet, honoring players of all levels with a sit down dinner and many special awards listed below.
Nelson Garcia, NBC 9 News Education Reporter was the M.C. for the evening, inspiring and praising players for their strong education goals and success of so many.
The awards given brought on a new sense of purpose for all who came. Many players who received awards motivated us all to do more and to appreciate all things in life even the hardships.
It was a night for all soccer players, parents and coaches to shine.
All who received awards are listed below and congrats to ALL our Seniors who now are Rush Alumni.
2013 Award Winners:
Hall of Fame Inductees - 2012 REACH Africa Team (Pictured above)
Rush Rising STAR - Tobi Osifodunrin, Avery Hall
1st Bank Player of the Year - Victor Escobar, Cooper Thau
Volunteer of the Year - Jessa Kirk
Spirit of RUSH - Amy Gargala
Rush Rising STAR - Lucy Hart, Guillermo Taico-Urrutia
Comeback Player of the Year - Marie Ryan
1st Bank Player of the Year - Nestor Hernandez, Madison Campbell
Golden Boot - Aaron Archer
Golden Glove - Erich Frey, Aubrey Crawford-Roberts Volunteer of the Year - Matt Quaney and Kim Linkous
Spirit of RUSH - Kaitlyn Brunworth
RUSH Rising STAR - Nate Cabot, Izzy Wildermuth
Comeback Player of the Year - Breahna Robertson
1st Bank Player of the Year - Danica Evans, Sam Hamilton
Golden Boot - Jack O'Brien, Audrey Weiss, Erin Hohnstein
Golden Glove - Sabrina Macias, Tim Tribbett
The RUSH WAY - Reid Hukari Volunteer of the Year - Greg and Gretchen Brunworth
Here is a recap from now Rush Alumn Kaitlyn Brunworth:
The annual Rush Banquet is an event that all Rush players and families should attend. Yes, the banquet gives recognition and celebration to deserving players, but that is not all. The banquet is a time to bond and unite as a Rush family, spending time with the teammates and families of our club and strengthening our friendships. Moreover, the friends we surround ourselves with at Rush are successful and motivated individuals. The banquet highlights these successful people and sets them apart as role models for our club. If nothing else, hearing the inspiring stories of "Comeback Player of the Year," National Championship winning teams, and other award winners at the banquet will inspire the rest of our club members to keep up the Rush tradition of hard work and excellence.
Fall/Winter School of Excellence dates and times have been announced! Please see below:
Dates: November 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, December 5, 7
The School of Excellence is a program designed for the top U8-U10 players in our club. For any questions, please contact Matt Stelmaszek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Excellence is one of many programs that Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club has to offer its members. This is an eight-session program designed and modeled after the elite programs of European professional clubs. School of Excellence programs have existed in many top programs in Europe for the past 30 years. Players like David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) began their careers as soccer-crazed eight year olds. As a direct result of the consistent training that they received through such schools, now they are regarded as the world’s elite players.
The program will introduce them to the competitive game as well as its systems and positional play. It will improve their creativity and technical skills, expand their awareness about the game in different cultures, and set new standards and goals.
The Rush is proud of its traditions of taking young and talented players to the next level. Some of the players that the club has helped grow and develop are now part of our national or professional teams in the country and/or around the world such as Aleisha Cramer, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Wes Hart, Mark Lisi, and Connor Casey to name a few. The training curriculum is designed in conjunction with the competitive staff-training curriculum. It is designed to compliment the future game as well as to address the immediate needs of the youngsters. It is a combination of technical and tactical topics with emphasis mostly on technical development of the players. The curriculum will cover important topics such as:
> Dribbling, including shielding and taking a player on > Finishing, the technical aspects of bending, dipping and a knuckle-ball combined with where & how to line-up > Passing, striking the ball with a variety of surfaces, deception and the weight of your pass will be introduced > Receiving, shielding and turning with the ball > Shielding, protecting the ball with the body > Heading, introduction with the older age groups > Offensive, small group combinations, small group shape will be introduced > Defending, players know they must work hard to get ball back
If your desire and passion is to grow and excel in the game of soccer, then the School of Excellence is for you.