TOPS Volunteer Annie Dunbar picked as Kentucky TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year


Annie Dunbar (middle) received the KYSA TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award at the KYSA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon in Lexington. She is shown here with KYSA President Tim Turney (left) and LYSA TOPSoccer Director Jessie Birdwhistell (far right).

The TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award is given each year by the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association. The award is for a volunteer who demonstrates patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. This 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 when needed with administrative responsibilities. 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 experience.

Annie has been a volunteer with the TOPS program for all four seasons and has filled many roles. She is primarily a buddy but has also filled in as a coach on many occasions. Annie serves on the TOPS Advisory Committee and is always the first one to arrive at each practice and the last one to leave. Annie will be attending the University of Kentucky in the fall and hopes to stay involved as a buddy in the TOPS program in Lexington.

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2011 Winners
Destine Graves - Traux (Commonwealth Soccer Club) -  Girls Player of the Year
Vince Shaw (Javanon Soccer Club) - Boys Player of the Year
Morgan White - Girls Young Referee of the Year
Christopher Badgett - Boys Young Referee of the Year
Louis Jones (Lexington YSA) - Girls Recreational Coach of the Year
Hector Gonzalez (Lexington Youth Soccer) - Boys Recreational Coach of the Year
Ty Stauffer (Owensboro United Soccer Club) - Girls Select Coach of the Year
Matt Vogel (Lexington FC) - Boys Select Coach of the Year
Debbie Schneider (Frankfort YSA) - Administrator of the Year
Duncan Campbell (Davies County YSA) - Volunteer of the Year
Will & Stephanie Rogers (Mercer County YSA) - Parent of the Year
Annie Dunbar (Lexington Youth Soccer) - TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year**