RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, June 27, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that the second annual Avery Spence Youth Community Service Award will be presented to a youth soccer player during the Kickers pro game versus the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday, July 21. The Avery Spence Youth Community Service Award was established to honor Kickers youth player, Avery Spence, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 1, 2011. In Avery’s honor, admission to the Kickers pro game will be $7.00 per person, in advance at RichmondKickers.com.
“Avery was one of my favorite players,” commented Rob Ukrop, Richmond Kickers President, Board of Directors. “She was the consummate team player, always early to team functions, always had a smile on her face, and always loved to compete on and off the field.”
“She also had a great gift for teaching the beautiful game to other young players throughout our community,” added Ukrop. “Avery will be missed by many but we are excited to keep her memory alive through this youth community service award, inspiring other young players in our club to make a difference in the lives of others just like Avery did."
Ukrop presented the inaugural award to the Spence family on July 8, 2011, to honor Avery’s commitment to the Richmond community. A longstanding member of the Richmond Kickers youth club, she started with the Kickers rec program when she was nine years old, progressing with arguably the best girls team in the Kickers Elite girls program over the past seven seasons. A committed volunteer since the age of 13, Avery donated countless hours throughout the Richmond community, participating in over 50 youth soccer clinics, Meals on Wheels, caroling to senior citizens, as well as working with the Kickers ADP program for six and seven year olds. She was in the academic top ten in her class at Manchester High School and was heading to Virginia Tech in the fall to pursue a career in dentistry. Avery had a love for life, sharing her time and talent with kids of all ages.
Each year, the Richmond Kickers will present the Avery Spence Youth Community Service Award to the Kickers youth player that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the youth community in Richmond. Criteria will be based on volunteer involvement, commitment, leadership and athletic and academic achievements. Nominations will be accepted from Kickers travel and recreational coaches through July 13, 2012.
Click here to order specially discounted tickets to the Richmond Kickers versus Dayton match on Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. Enter the promo code “AVERY” to purchase tickets for just $7.00, in honor of Avery Spence’s #7 jersey.