Tai Punsuchart was named the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) 2016 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year. Each year, KYSA recognizes one TOPS buddy for their outstanding contributions. Tai has been part of the LYSA TOPSoccer program since it began in fall 2009. He has been an invaluable member to the success of the league. Tai served as a buddy to individual players for several years, as an assistant coach and as a head coach for two of the teams. He also participates each year when we travel to Cincinnati to play in the Fall Ball TOPS Tournament. Tai helps with our end of the season events, bowling parties, and also coaches our Special Olympics Soccer Teams. Tai spends over 100 hours each year volunteering for TOPS.  Tai  recently completed his degree in Social Work at the University of Kentucky and is a caseworker with Kentucky Refugee Ministries in Lexington.

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Photo: Tai Punsuchart and Jessie Birdwhistell, Director of the LYSA TOPSoccer Program at the KYSA Awards Ceremony.