Bonnie Dale (1947-2017)November 17th, 2017Read Story
Bonnie Ruth Dale, 69, Westfield Indiana, passed away August 31st, 2017. She was born on September 8th 1947 in Charleston, Illinois to Robert and Alice Smyser.
Bonnie was an ardent believer in servant leadership, She lived a life of service. In addition to tirelessly supporting multiple charities and service organizations, she was the two time President of Westfield Youth Soccer and the executive director of Indiana Youth Soccer. Bonnie was recognized as WFYI’s volunteer of the year, inducted into the Indiana Youth Soccer Hall of Fame, and honored as a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Frank O’Bannon.
John Carter (1963-2017)November 17th, 2017Read Story
It is with deep sadness that we share with the Indiana soccer family the sudden loss of John Carter who passed away August 30, 2017. As many of you know John served as the Director of Indiana Soccer’s Olympic Development Program and the Indiana Soccer League’s administrator.
John is already being missed by those of us that were privileged to work daily with John. John brought such life and value to the Indiana Soccer staff and to the entire soccer family; not just in Indiana, but nationally. Our love and prayers are offered to his lovely wife Joy who also serves the Indiana Soccer Family.
John’s incurred a blockage of his right coronary artery. A celebration of John’s life was held on Monday, September 4th, 2017 at the Grand Park Event Center, from 2-6pm. John’s wife Joy, prefers those interested in sending flowers, or wanting to recognize John, honor him with a contribute to the John Carter Youth Soccer Player Scholarship FUND established in John’s name.
Some of the many comments received remembering John:
“A good man, with a good heart. I am still in shock. Gone but not forgotten.
John’s good work will be remembered by his soccer family. God Bless.”
–Jerry Little, Member, Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame
“I always liked John. I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he waved and smiled.”
–Ted Sommer, Indiana Soccer Foundation
“John Carter was uniquely talented in number of areas, and when coupled with his
passion, and his compassion for people; his servant’s attitude; his strong work ethic
and joyful, positive approach to life makes John irreplaceable. John will be missed,
not only for the professional that he was but for the wonderful human being and
friend that he was. The impact John had on the hundreds of people with whom
he interacted will be felt for generations.”
–Dave Guthrie, Executive Director Indiana Soccer
“John’s contributions to Indiana Soccer have been tireless and enormous, a wonder
to me, and that we will miss his good hearted work more than we can say. What hits
me the hardest is thinking of the humor, joy, and love that he brought to all of us:
players, parents, coaches, administrators, everyone with whom he came in contact.
May God’s love and peace enfold Joy and his family in this difficult time.”
–Mike Aycock, Indiana Soccer Foundation and Hall of Fame Member
“Please extend my condolences to the Carter family. This is so sad. John will be
missed in so many areas of the soccer community.”
–Bruce Carlstedt, Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and State Referee
“I am in deep shock that my friend John is in God’s gracious hands. My sincere
condolences to Joy and his beautiful family. We all have lost a wonderful person
and he will be sadly missed by all the soccer community in this country.”
–Ken Mather and family, Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame
Indiana Soccer Will Always Remember Larry HarmonSeptember 27th, 2016Read Story
It is with a heavy heart that we report to you that Larry Harmon passed away this past Friday night, September 23rd. Larry’s wife Mary, and his two sons were with Larry when he died. Indiana Soccer will mourn the loss of an amazing friend of the Indiana Soccer family. Larry was deeply involved in soccer for over 20 years. His first experience was in 1985 when like many of us, he started coaching recreational soccer. He coached recreational soccer for eight years and at the more competitive level for five additional years. Larry served as the Indiana Youth Soccer Association president from 1993-2000 and chaired the Indiana Soccer foundation from 1995-2000. Larry received the Mike Vogel Humanitarian Award in 1997 from the North Central Soccer Club of Indiana. In 2000, he was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame. Larry was extremely influential in the development of the 21 field Lawrence Soccer Park and in bringing three major national events to Indiana. He was instrumental in obtaining a construction grant, obtaining on acre of land, and constructing the Indiana Soccer office building on the Lawrence Soccer facility. Larry, was an incredibly passionate soccer enthusiast whose tireless service to the game of the soccer went well beyond Indiana’s boarders! Larry served as US Youth Soccer’s Member at Large from 2000-2007. He also served as the Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 1996 US Youth Soccer National Championships as well as the 1988 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. His service was honored by US Youth Soccer by renaming the D.J. Niotis Cup for the Under-16 Boys National Champion to the Larry Harmon Cup. Larry also served on the United States Soccer Federation Board of Directors as a Youth Representative from 2000-2006 and was on the Women’s Development Committee from 1996-1998. Additionally he served on committees such as U.S. Soccer’s Project 2010 and the Project Gold Task Force to help provide guidance for U.S. Soccer’s future. Larry was also a recipient of the most coveted honor of being a Life Member of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Larry acted as Chair of the MLS Indianapolis Bid Committee, General Manager of the Indiana Blast and Indiana Blaze, President of the Northeast Youth Soccer Association, chairman of the U.S. Open Cup Local Organizing Committee, member of the White River Park State Games Hall of Fame, President of the Lawrence Soccer Corporation, and Committee Co-Chairman of the Pan American Games. Indiana Soccer’s Executive Director Dave Guthrie (who followed Larry into the office as president of Indiana Soccer from 2000-2006), stated that “Larry Harmon established a course for the organization nearly 20 years ago that continues to benefit the Indiana Soccer Family. Larry’s insight and council will be greatly missed. The Indiana Soccer Family will remember, and be eternally grateful for the significant contributions of Larry Harmon.”
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