Chris George was named the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) 2017 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year at the annual KYSA Conference in Louisville. Each year, KYSA recognizes one TOPSoccer buddy from throughout Kentucky for their outstanding contributions the program. The recipient of the award must have demonstrated patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The person is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader, and role model as well as assisting wherever needed. Other important qualities of the buddy are engaging players one-on-one, modeling desired behavior and being cognizant of player safety. Buddies assist, guide, direct and teach the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning situation.

Chris has been part of the LYSA TOPSoccer program for three years. He has been intregal to the success of the league. Chris has served as a buddy to individual players for three years, and always comes to any outside events we host. He participates each year when we travel to Cincinnati to play in the Fall Ball TOPS Tournament. Chris helps with our end of the season event, bowling parties, and wherever he is needed. He has recruited other volunteers to the program. He is patient, kind and always eager to work with his buddies and other volunteers each week. Chris has spent over  225 hours volunteering with TOPS. In addition to helping LYSA TOPSoccer, Chris coaches three area youth basketball teams. He is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and is currently a senior education major at the University of Kentucky.

Chris George accepting his KYSA TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award with Janice Birdwhistell, TOPSoccer Volunteer Coordinator. Picture by David Sanders, another valuable member of the TOPS program.