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Celebrating both AYSO’s 50th anniversary and its exhilarating future, AYSO EXPO is the new name that will unveil in 2014 for the events formerly known as “Section Meetings”. With nine AYSO EXPO events scheduled across the U.S. between January and June, the first-year edition of the renamed series will be showcased as “AYSO EXPO — The 50th Anniversary Tour.”
AYSO EXPO is open to all AYSO volunteers at every level of the organization. The unveiling of “AYSO EXPO” re-emphasizes that these events are inclusive opportunities for networking, skill building, education and fun for all AYSO volunteers, including Regional coaches, referees, and all other volunteers.
“Our feedback indicated that the term ‘meeting’ didn’t convey to our Region volunteers the true nature of these events, and many volunteers believed they were just for Executive Members, Section or Area staff,” said AYSO National President Paula Berriz in making the announcement. “Frankly, ‘meetings’ sound boring, and no one wants to attend another meeting on the weekend. As we move forward in our next 50 years, the AYSO National Board of Directors wants to help all Region and Area volunteers feel included in these expanded, inspiring, learning and networking gatherings.”
“Our Sections do a tremendous job serving as hosts and venue organizers,” President Berriz added, “but too often local coaches, referees, and other grassroots volunteers don’t realize that this as an opportunity for them, too. We’re all working together to change that image.”
The AYSO EXPO will include a wide array of continuing training workshops for coaches, referees, and management volunteers, along with roundtables, opportunities to meet with AYSO national leaders, certification courses, networking and award events, and a vendor alley to get a jump on your Region shopping and ordering.
The AYSO EXPO Tour will make nine stops across the country in 2014, starting with Section 8 (Michigan and Indiana) on Jan. 17-19 in Traverse City, Mich. Activities around the AYSO 50th anniversary will be part of every EXPO event with a unique interactive exhibition at each venue called “The History of AYSO in 50 Moments, Memories and Mementos”, along with special contests, giveaways and guest appearances.
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