By Mikayle Lowery
The American Youth Soccer Organization (ASYO) is a world class soccer program that builds communities around the nation to support youth development in leadership and social skills. California state Senator Joel Anderson recently provided certificates to the board members and volunteers from the La Mesa Region 89 branch of ASYO for their commitment to community values and uplifting the human spirit.
“I am thankful for the La Mesa AYSO’s dedication to our children,” Anderson said. “Region 89 is laser focused on providing opportunities for positive development and success in the lives of the kids they coach.”
ASYO’s “Six Philosophies” — Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development — have given La Mesa more than a soccer team, but a support system that builds a fun, family-friendly environment.
Hard-working volunteers of ASYO shared the importance of community and what it means to them. Nicole Ciokiewicz, Region 89’s board commissioner, said, “I love AYSO — it’s a family environment, we have fun. I think by us board members are having fun, it shows our kids that it’s OK to have fun with everybody.”
AYSO gives plenty of opportunity for encouraging youth development through leadership and connecting communities to build a better and brighter future and invites all to be a part of their organization in doing so. You can get involved by reaching out to the La Mesa American Youth Soccer Organization by finding them on their website at lamesaayso.org.
—Mikayle Lowery is a legislative intern for Sen. Joel Anderson.