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PYSA celebrates the big 3-0

September 1, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
With a son who plays, a daughter who referees, and her own position as a trustee, involvement in the Poland Youth Soccer Association is a family affair for Melanie Jones.

Celebrating its 30th year, Poland Youth Soccer Association held its annual Soccer Day on Aug. 20 at Poland High School, where Jones joined fellow trustees, coaches, and volunteers in turning the annual event into an extravaganza.

“They have soccer day every year, but we made it an even bigger event since it was 30 years,” said Ken Conzett, PYSA president.

With involvement dating back 18 years as a coach, 13 as a board member, and as president for the last 11, Conzett knows the organization inside and out. His four daughters have all participated at one time or another.

He said of the PYSA, “Our whole program is about getting the kids to have fun and wanting to come back.”

Offering well beyond the usual fun-filled day, the 30th year event included prizes, raffles, cotton candy and snow cones, a bounce, a skill-a-thon, and a giant slide for endless enjoyment as youth, junior varsity, varsity and alumni games took place throughout the day. Shortly after noon all teams marched in uniform, with music provided by the Poland High School Marching Band. The opening agenda was followed by recognition of PYSA founders.

Recognizing that many people put in a 16-hour day to make Soccer Day the event they had all hoped for, Conzett praised Jones, who was previously a coach and is currently serving her first year as a trustee for the organization.

Always on the run for her family, “You just make the time,” said Jones. “The kids are benefiting so much from the program. It's all for the kids at the end of the day.”

Sharing that, no pun intended, PYSA will kick off its season on Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend in Poland Township Park, he said currently houses 10 soccer fields.

Conzett said, “We’re really excited about this 30th year – we want it to be a big year.”

A non-profit organization committed to the promotion of youth soccer in Poland, according to its website, PYSA is currently one of the largest youth organizations in the area with more than 900 members ages five through 18, for whom the organization provides a fun, learning environment.

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Several of the Poland Youth Soccer Association trustees recently joined in celebration and preparation of the kick off of the group's 30th anniversary.



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