2012 News Archive

Seacoast United Foundation Introduces Scholarship Programs to Local Communities

EPPING, NH - On Monday night, January 23rd, Seacoast United Sports Club hosted a special event for over 30 local soccer organizations at the Holy Grail Restaurant & Pub’s “Camelot” function room.  As part of the event, the Seacoast United Foundation's new Executive Director Jill Egan was introduced.  With over 75 people in attendance, the night was a great success with much of the focus being placed on how Seacoast United, and the Seacoast United Foundation, can better assist the coaches and players in each of the various organizations. 

Egan shared with the group the four initial programs designed to help promote soccer within Rockingham and Strafford Counties and these included the Bob Masi Scholarship, Nate Hardy International Scholarship, Jarkko Tuominen College Scholarship and the new Community Grant. 

The Foundation’s office is located in the Dudley House in downtown Exeter.  Egan also mentioned the date of the Seacoast United Foundation’s annual Gala & Auction which takes place at The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa on Saturday, February 4th.


Seacoast United Hosts Breakfast for Business Partners
January 24, 2012

With over 50 companies in attendance, Seacoast United Sports Club held a “Business to Business” breakfast at the beautiful Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa on Tuesday morning, January 24th. 

The Seacoast United Foundation was formally announced with the introduction of Jill Egan.  Egan, the Foundation’s new Executive Director shared some insight about the various scholarships and community grants available for players and soccer organizations within Rockingham and Strafford Counties.  She also commented on the upcoming annual Gala to be held at The Wentworth on the night of Saturday, February 4th.

Paul Willis, President and CEO was also on hand to outline some of the Club’s future goals and to also thank the many companies in attendance for their continued support.   Networking was a key component of the breakfast meeting with many of the attendees introducing themselves throughout the morning’s proceedings.


Foundation's First Gala Night A Success
February 2012

Seacoast United's "Volunteer of the Year" was presented to Kathie Richard, pictured left, by Foundation President David Baker and Seacoast United Sports Club President and CEO Paul Willis.

With over 240 people in attendance, the Seacoast United Foundation annual Gala Night & Auction was held at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel on Saturday evening, February 4th.  Both the Silent and Live auction included donations from various local businesses and families, consisting of vacation get-aways, gift baskets, memorabilia, and more.

Although the Gala event is in its 15th year, this year was the first for the Seacoast United Foundation.  President David Baker and Executive Director Jill Egan addressed the crowd explaining how the fundraising efforts from the auctions will directly benefit the Foundation’s scholarship and community grant programs.  Egan presented all in attendance with a special edition Seacoast United Foundation t-shirt as part of her introduction to the new organization.

View photos from the event on the Foundation's Facebook page here.

For more on Seacoast United Sports Club, visit their website at www.seacoastunited.com.


Seacoast United Completes 24-Hour Soccerthon 
April 5th-6th, 2012

Seacoast United's players and families completed the 24-hour Soccerthon from 5pm Friday, April 6th through 5pm Saturday, April 7th in support of the Seacoast United Foundation's scholarship programs.  Games ran non-stop at the Club's outdoor complex in Epping, NH. 


Seacoast United & US Soccer Foundation
April 2012

Pictured are Paul Willis, President & CEO of Seacoast United Sports Club and Rob Kaler, Chief Operating Officer at US Soccer Foundation’s Washington DC headquarters of the US Soccer Foundation on Thursday, March 22nd.  Seacoast United is a 2005 Grant Recipient of the Foundation as part of the Epping Field Project at the Club’s Outdoor Complex.  Since that date, Seacoast United has supported the US Soccer Foundation through its Passback program, made donations, and the Club’s home and away jerseys all proudly display the Foundations logo.  The US Soccer Foundation is also listed as a partner on Seacoast United’s website


Staff Members Visit Hardy at Arlington National
April 2012

While Seacoast United staff were in Washington DC attending the US Soccer Foundation's Urban Symposium, they took time to pay their respects to former Seacoast United Alumnus, Nate Hardy, who played for SUSC's first ever team.  Nate served his country as a member of Navy Seal Team 6, and was killed in action on February 4, 2008 in Iraq. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in our Nation's Capital.
The Club dedicated field 1 at its Outdoor Complex in Epping to Nate Hardy on Veteran's Day in 2009, and renamed its Memorial Day Tournament in Nate's honor.  The Seacoast United Foundation also runs an International Scholarship program in his name.
Pictured from left are Paul Willis, Caleb Paterson, Matthew Glode, and Joey Barima.

Players from the Club's Jr. Academy programs, U11-U18 Club teams, the US Development Academy, as well as parents and coaches fulfilled their 3- hour time blocks with endless enthusiasm.  Thank you to all for your hard work!


Seacoast United Staff Attends Urban Soccer Symposium 
April 2012

Five staff members of Seacoast United Soccer Club are attending the US Soccer Foundation’s Urban Symposium in Washington, DC, taking place from Monday, April 16th through Thursday, April 19th. Issues being discussed at the event range from fighting childhood obesity, after school programs, overall wellness, and ways to provide more education and opportunities to youth players. The program concludes with a day on Capitol Hill where Seacoast staff will meet with state officials from New Hampshire and Maine.
Pictured are from left to right:  Colin Reilly (Director of Youth Programs - Maine), Matt Glode (Director of York Indoor Arena & Summer Camp Programs), Joey Barima (Director of Youth Programs – Hampton), Dr. Auma Obama, Paul Willis (President and CEO), Caleb Paterson (Assistant Director of Youth Programs – Hampton).
Dr. Auma Obama was a featured speaker at the US Soccer Foundation event. Both Willis and Glode had worked with Dr. Obama on their trip to Kenya four years ago. The Club is still involved in Kenya and will work with her newly formed foundation, Sauti Kuu or “Powerful Voices”, an international advocate for equality and social change through sports.


Dr. Obama Visits Seacoast United 
April 2012

On Friday, April 27th, Dr. Auma Obama visited Seacoast United’s Indoor Arena to discuss the growing relationship between the Club and her foundation Sauti Kuu, meaning "Powerful Voices".  Read the full article from Seacoast Online here.



Foundation Hosts Masi Golf Tournament at The Ledges
May 14, 2012

The Seacoast United Foundation hosted the annual Bob Masi Memorial Golf Tournament at the Ledges Golf Club in York, ME, to benefit the soccer scholarship program in his name.
The Bob Masi Memorial Soccer Scholarship is the largest scholarship program offered by the Foundation, which is proud to be able to assist so many families with their soccer tuition fees.
One hundred golfers participated in this year's event despite the damp conditions.  All three Masi boys (pictured L to R, Eric, Joe, and Michael), as well as their mother Connie were in attendance and received a warm welcome from the crowd, consisting of friends of the Masi family, as well as staff, families, and friends within Seacoast United. 
Thank you to all of the sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and staff at the Ledges for their hard work in making the event a big success.


Seacoast United Makes Donation to Chief Maloney Fund
July 2012

At halftime of Friday's match between the Seacoast United Phantoms and Oxford United, Seacoast United presented Tara Laurent, Greenland Chief of Police, with a check in the amount of $1500 to support the Chief Maloney & Injured Officers Fund.  Pictured from left are General Manager Jim Dedeus, Officer Aaron Goodwin, Chief Laurent, Officer Todd Goodwin, and Seacoast United President Paul Willis.  Both Aaron and Todd Goodwin are Seacoast United Alumni, having played on the first U14 and U16 teams in the early 1990's.


2012 Jarkko Scholars Announced
July 31, 2012

The Seacoast United Foundation would like to congratulate the young men and women who were named as the recipients of the 2012 Jarkko Tuominen College Scholarship.  This award is based on their demonstration of soccer related community service in Rockingham and Strafford counties, and the commitment to Seacoast United Soccer Club as demonstrated through participation and leadership on one or more of their club teams.  

The 2012 recipients are Austin Alphonse, Connor Brown, Tristan Cooper, Michael Field, Syver Klefos, Jeffrey L'Heureux, Kirsten O'Neil, Paige Rachel, and Jillian Richard.

The above named student athletes have been invited to the 2012 Jarkko Tuominen Golf Tournament at The Ledges Golf Club in York, Maine on Monday, August 6th to be recognized.


McGowan Chase Benefits Three Local Charities
October 14, 2012

The first annual 10-mile "McGowan Chase" took place in Newfields, NH this morning, a fundraising event to benefit three local nonprofit organizations in Wentworth Charities, Beyond the Rainbow, and Seacoast United Foundation.  Through corporate sponsors and individual donations, the race was proud to award over $1000 to each of the three charities.
Wentworth Charities focuses their fundraising on supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, while Exeter Hospital’s Beyond the Rainbow provides assistance to families struggling with cancer.  The Seacoast United Foundation provides support to soccer families and local community soccer programs through scholarships and community grants.
Early morning rain tailed off just as the runners were ready to begin, making way for cool temperatures under cloudy skies as 30 participants took to the trails.  The race had a 5-mile drop out point for those looking to complete a shorter run.  The first to cross the finish line on the 10-mile course was Glen Wilkinson (men), and Kristin Cary (women), who took home a Seacoast United Foundation fleece and a new pair of Nike running shoes.  All runners received a Nike drifit t-shirt and sack bag courtesy of Exeter Hospital and Core Orthopaedics.
Volunteers from Kennebunk Savings, Newmarket International, Exeter Hospital, and Seacoast United all helped in keeping the event running smoothly in marking the course, working water stations, and preparing the post-race cookout & bonfire.
The race was named in memory of Archie McGowan, father of Newfields residents Archie, Shawn, and Gavin McGowan and grandfather of Jason McGowan, who all participated in today’s race.
For more information, or to learn more on how to get involved with next year’s event, please contact Seacoast United Foundation's Executive Director Kathie Richard at krichard@seacoastunited.org.
View more photos on our Facebook page here.


Alumni 7v7 Welcomes Former Players
July 2012


On Sunday, July 29th, the Seacoast United Foundation welcomed 23 former players for the first annual Alumni 7v7 event.  Players representing the first ever Seacoast United teams from the mid-1990s through recent graduates of the SUSC US Development Academy played in small sided games for nearly two hours as the rain held off at the Club's Outdoor Complex in Epping.  

View photos on our Alumni Facebook page here.

Alumnus Christian Martinez, pictured right defending Stephanie Gilkenson, was a 4 year starter at Brown University and played on the first Seacoast United U14 team back in 1992.  Martinez currently resides in Manhattan.  Gilkenson has played on the Seacoast United Phantoms WPSL team for the past two seasons.



Jarkko Scholars Recognized
August 6th, 2012

The Seacoast United Foundation recognized the 2012 Jarkko Tuominen Scholars on Monday at the annual golf tournament held in his name.  The event took place at The Ledges Golf Club in York, ME and hosted 70+ golfers.

Pictured are 5 of the 8 scholars who were able to attend the dinner as well as Nike employees who had travelled to Maine from as far away as Oregon, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Holland for the event.  In the 7 years of its existence, the Jarkko Tuominen College Scholarship has been awarded to over 100 athletes.  To view the full list of 2012 recipients, please click here.

The Seacoast United Foundation would like to thank all of the golfers along with all of the sponsors and friends of the club who helped to make this such a successful day on the course.