The 2011 Inspireum Soccer Awards
In 2011 Inspireum a Bend, Oregon based company in partnership with the Trusted Sports Foundation created the Inspireum Soccer Awards to inspire and empower all youth, regardless of socio-economic status, to thrive in life through positive sports experiences.
This was their website for the 2011 Inspireum Soccer Awards.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages as well as other outside sources.
The new owner of this domain is hoping that by keeping the original content visible on the web, others will be motivated to create such awards that award scholarships to worthy young athletes.
“Through these awards, we hope to show young athletes that we value their character and ability to inspire as highly as we regard their athletic talent. We’re leveraging the power of soccer to motivate players, teams and communities to enable more youth to play so that no kids are left on the sidelines.”
- Steve Sampson
Chairman, Inspireum Soccer Awards
About the Awards
Inspireum, located in Bend, Oregon, is a social enterprise dedicated to celebrating outstanding youth achievement that inspires the next generation and strengthens our communities. We discover, amplify, and celebrate stories of youth that overcome life's challenges and inspire others to achieve.
Inspireum utilizes the power of social media, technology and community-based marketing to share extraordinary youth sports and service achievements that inspire America. Our multimedia technology platform hosts three national awards programs that showcase outstanding youth achievement that is measured by character, courage, contribution and commitment.
Our objective through the Inspireum Soccer Awards, the Inspireum Football Awards and other programs is to provide the public with a family-oriented platform that amplifies youth that inspire their fellow students, families and communities.
KIDS In The GAME
At the Trusted Sports Foundation, we are passionate about helping young people thrive in life through participating in youth sports. Our primary objective is to provide programs and assistance that "Get & Keep Kids in the Game". Our ultimate goal is for youth athletes to participate in sports, and that the positive impact of such experience enables them to live up to their full potential in the present and their future. Benefits of our programs will result in scholarships, subsidized registration fees for less fortunate kids, provision of sports gear and apparel, and other programs that enable young people to participate in organized youth sports.
Youth sports are a critical positive developmental tool for the next generation of Americans. But the statistics are staggering:
Why Youth Sports is Important
- less substance abuse
- less teen pregnancy
- less obesity
- less misconduct and criminal activity
- better social skills
- better academic performance
- higher levels of physical activity later in life
"The first time I became aware of Inspireum was when my brother alerted me to the awards when his son brought home an announcement of scholarship winners. Within a week I met a parent whose daughter was a recipient of a small award. I was at a private event for Blue Heron Capital, an investment firm based in Richmond, Virginia. I got into a far reaching, in depth conversation with Satya Rangarajan who serves as the Managing Partner of Enlightened Capital Management, a social venture fund, and as Principal and Founder of Enlightened Management Corp., a strategic technology advisory group. He is also part of the Industry Advisory Network for Blue Heron Capital. Satya has more than twenty years of experience in managing enterprise technology platforms including running a global development organization developing commercial software lines and it showed in our conversation that evening. I suggested that the Inspireum Awards was a perfect way to support our young athletes, and I think there was some interest in some kind of sponsorship, but more importantly the fact that people are talking about this award is an excellent sign that these types of organizations are recognized for their contributions to youth development. Our society needs more of this kind of effort." Rob Battleson
The Inspireum Soccer Awards™ program searches the nation for the most outstanding young soccer players who inspire and lead their teammates, schools and communities. $25,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded by the Trusted Sports Foundation to the twelve finalists. This program looks beyond traditional athletic performance measures to reward heart, team-oriented values, and inspirational impact that help youth succeed throughout life.
The Inspireum Soccer Awards™ celebrate inspirational young athletes who embody the values of character, courage, contribution and commitment through the sport of soccer. Recognizing and rewarding these outstanding players inspires other youth to pursue sports as a positive, action-oriented path to self-discipline, leadership, strong academic performance and a healthy lifestyle.
This fall, soccer teams nationwide will celebrate their most inspirational players through Inspireum’s online nominations process. Both female and male players enrolled in high school that play on their high school teams or with other soccer organizations are eligible to participate. Coaches, parents, teammates, classmates and friends are invited to nominate athletes, vote, and provide supportive comments for their inspirational favorite. A national Selection Committee of soccer and media notables, along with a fan vote, will choose the scholarship recipients.
Congratulations to the 2011 Winner who receives a $7,500 academic scholarship.
CHRISTIAN METZLER - WOODBRIDGE, VAChristian Metzler is among the top goalkeepers in the state of Virginia leading his team to a winning season and a spot on the All-State Team. It is easy to see why Christian is known for his ability as a talented soccer player, excellent student and a compassionate mentor, rather than his disability, as he was born with just one leg.
Congratulations to the Runners-Up who each receive a $2,500 academic scholarship.
TARA MCNAUGHT - LAKEWOOD, CATara is a normal teen that must do the extraordinary every day as she goes through hours of breathing treatments and medication, and endures a special diet, to combat her Cystic Fibrosis and CF-related diabetes.
HUMBERTO ALVAREZ - MEDFORD, ORHumberto, a terrific soccer player who had extraordinarily made the Far West Region IV ODP team, had to sit this season out while he recovered from surgery – surgery to donate marrow to his five year old brother Marco, who was stricken with Lymphoma.
MICHAEL COOPER - BLACKWOOD, NJMichael excels in school, on the soccer field, and within his community. It’s hard to believe that he does all of this while battling Crohn’s Disease. His disease, often making him feel sick and fatigued, doesn’t stop him from assisting his autistic brothers with their daily activities, and supporting the local soccer clubs by donating his time.
Congratulations to the Fan Favorites who each receive a $2,000 academic scholarship.
ERIK ARSENAULT - LAKE WORTH, FLAt the age of 12, it was discovered that Erik had a tumor on his spine that eventually required removal surgeries. After the tumor was removed and replaced with metal rods, Erik found himself working hard to get used to his new body. Throughout his recovery he continued to volunteer with the AYSO teams that have been such a big part of his life.
MARITZA VALDESPINO - HOUSTON, TXMaritza is a familiar face within her community. Having been nicknamed “Robot”, it isn’t surprising to see the list of extra curricular activities she is involved in. What is surprising is the area in which she works so hard to help. Having already made a lasting impression on her school, there is no doubt Maritza is inspirational.
Congratulations to the Finalists who each receive a $1,000 academic scholarship.
BECCA LIDVALL - LAKEWOOD, COBecca Lidvall holds her family together with her passion for soccer. When her father, and biggest fan, Dave, suffered a stroke last year, the family found happiness and stability once again through the sport, as Becca has worked for years to empower her two older brother's with special needs through the The Outreach Program for Soccer.
LAUREN LUKE - MUKILTEO, WALauren was taken from her biological parents at the age of two, and shuffled between five foster homes before the age of five. She was adopted by the Luke family, and has since flourished, providing inspiration to everyone around her.
BROCK MARVIN - ELIZABETHTOWN, NYIn April of 2008, the healthy Brock endured a massive heart attack, which left his heart pumping at 7 percent capacity. He was put on a transplant list, and was given a new heart, and a new lease on life, in December of 2010.
GAELA NORMILE - VIRGINIA BEACH, VAAfter the tragic loss of her youngest sibling, Gaela Normile didn’t waste any time making an impact on her community on behalf of her fallen brother. She sets a great example for her family by staying positive. Raising money for other grieving families in a time of need is only one example of the impression Gaela has already made.
SAM PORTER - GRESHAM, ORSam Porter may live away from her mother and at times been without a father due to his battles with addiction, crime and homelessness, but she has found stability in her passion for the sport of soccer, which she now shares with other young women as a volunteer coach.
GONZALO VASQUEZ - OKLAHOMA CITY, OKFrom an impoverished and gang-filled area in Oklahoma City, Gonzalo has overcome stereotypes and peer pressure to become a role model for the young men and women in his area. He is a leader on and off the field as a captain for his soccer team while he excels in the classroom, volunteers in his community and works part time to support his family.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE 2011 SCHEDULE?
|Open for Nominations
|Fan Voting begins!
|Closed for Nominations (5pm PST)
|Top 50 Semifinalists announced
|Top 12 Finalists announced
Final results announced!
Winner, 3 Runners-up, 2 Fan Favorites
NSCAA Convention (Kansas City, MO)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE INSPIREUM SOCCER AWARDS?
- Nominees must be enrolled in a high school (or home schooled at the high school level) in the United States at the time of the nomination;
- Nominees must play on any high school soccer team (freshman, JV, varsity), OR play on any soccer organization team.
- Nominees must be officially on a team at any time (spring, summer, fall seasons) during the 2011 calendar year.
WHO CAN NOMINATE A SOCCER PLAYER AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
IS APPROVAL FROM A PARENT OR GUARDIAN REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
WHAT IS AWARDED?
$25,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded to the twelve Finalists.
|$7,500 academic scholarship
|$2,500 academic scholarship
|$2,500 academic scholarship
|$2,500 academic scholarship
|Fan Favorite Female
|$2,000 academic scholarship
|$2,000 academic scholarship
|6 Other Finalists
|$1,000 academic scholarship (each)
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
There are three rounds of the selection process. The first round determines the top 50 Semifinalists. The second round determines the top 12 Finalists. The final round will determine the Inspireum Soccer Awards Winner, 3 Runners-up and 2 Fan Favorites.
- Round 1: 50 Semifinalists -- 40 of the 50 Semifinalists will be chosen from the entire pool of eligible nominees by an internal committee of members of the Trusted Sports Foundation. A combination of Fan Vote and internal committee of the Trusted Sports Foundation, each with a 50/50 weighting, will determine ten of the fifty Semifinalists..
- Round 2: 12 Finalists -- 10 of the 12 Finalists will be chosen from the pool of 50 Semifinalists by an internal committee of members of the Trusted Sports Foundation. A combination of Fan Vote and internal committee of the Trusted Sports Foundation each with a 50/50 weighting will determine two of the 12 Finalists.
- Final Round: The National Selection Committee and online Fans will vote from the pool of 12 Finalists to determine the Winner and 3 Runners-Up. The fan vote will count as one member unit of the Selection Committee. The online Fans will vote from the pool of 12 Finalists to select one female and one male recipient of the “Fan Favorite" award.
The Inspireum Soccer Awards Winner, three Runners-up and two “Fan Favorites” will be announced on January 3, 2012.
HOW ARE THE NOMINEES EVALUATED?
The nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Overall positive impact of the nominee’s inspirational story.
- Extent to which nominee exhibits the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment.
- Magnitude in which the nominee has inspired his or her teammates, school, family and community.
WILL FANS BE ABLE TO SHOW SUPPORT BY VOTING?
HOW MANY TIMES WILL A FAN BE ALLOWED TO VOTE?
WHAT ROLE DOES THE TRUSTED SPORTS FOUNDATION PLAY IN THE INSPIREUM SOCCER AWARDS?
ONCE I HAVE BEEN NOMINATED, THEN WHAT?
HOW DO SUPPORTERS AND NOMINEES SUBMIT CONTENT TO A NOMINEE'S PLAYER PROFILE PAGE?
HOW DO I USE SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK, TWITTER) TO CREATE MORE AWARENESS ABOUT MY PARTICIPATION IN THE INSPIREUM SOCCER AWARDS?