Black History Month 2023
Black History Month: Overview
2/1/23 | Welcome to Black History Month - 2023. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings," since the nation's earliest days.
We encourage you to read more and explore this incredible month of celebration and history!
Soccer’s Black History: Female Trailblazers Who Led the Way
2/8/23 | Check out this article from Maya Stephen who dives deep into the stories of Black women who shaped American soccer and the USWNT into the powerhouse we know it to be today.
There would be no Black history in America nor a month in honor of celebration and reflection, without the women who have the prefix “first” included before their accomplishments. It all begins with a leader. And there are plenty of Female soccer players who fit the bill.
Desmond Armstrong On Race and His Unlikely Path to the U.S. Men's National Team
2/16/23 | Read more about Desmond Armstrong in Michael Lewis's piece where he dives into the life of the first U.S.-born Black player to represent the United States at the Fifa World Cup.
Like many of his U.S. former national team teammates, Desmond Armstrong is a voice of wisdom and experience.After all, the 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee has seen and lived much during his decades in soccer as a player, coach and administrator.
The 1619 Project
2/23/23 | A powerful and poignant piece from The New York Times, The 1619 Project delves into the earliest days of slavery in America and how this shaped and still affects society today. We encourage you to use the links below to read or watch more.
The goal of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times that this issue of the magazine inaugurates, is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.
Signing Day 2023
Congratulations to all of the Salvo SC players who have committed to further their athletic and academic careers!
Congratulations to the Salvo Seniors who signed their National Letter of Intent today to further their academic and athletic careers!! We are so proud of you! #SalvoSoccer
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 2023
Salvo SC is proud to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year and every year. We encourage you to listen to MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech today and recognize and reflect where his teachings can fit into your community. We strive to continue to find ways to address injustices and the fight for equality for all.
Winter Showcase Highlights
Our Girls Academy teams went out to Arizona to compete in the Girls Academy Winter Showcase in early December! The teams had a wonderful time and competed hard in their games, they are looking forward to more league games in the new year!
High Performance Boys
The 2005 Boys Navy traveled to Orlando to compete in the National League P.R.O. Winter Showcase! The boys competed hard and bonded a lot over their three games down south and they are looking forward to more success in the new year!
High Performance Girls
The 2004/05 Girls Navy and 2006 Girls Navy teams headed to California to compete in this year's Surf Cup College Showcase! Both teams performed very well in front of many college coaches and they are looking forward to having an awesome 2023!
2022 Coaches Corner
Our coaches are the heart and soul of our club, and we wanted to see what some of the best moments of this season were in their minds! Keep reading for some great stories from our Salvo Coaches!
2011 B South Crimson, 2013 B South Red
One empowering story is my U10 Center Defender learned to lead this season. He was such an introverted kid but by the end of the season, he was calling out marks on corners!! It’s moments like these that make us coaches grin.
2009 Girls East Red
We may have not have had the record that we hoped for, but one girl came up to me saying "Coach, this is the funnest season I have ever had!" That was the most wholesome moment I have ever had as a coach :)
2010B East Steel
Finishing out our team's final game of the fall season with a game winning goal scored in the last minutes from Alex Derks!
It was awesome to see all of our players run together on the field and celebrate their earned victory together !!
Travel Director & Boys U15-19 HP Lead
All admin staff for their behind the scenes work to make things go. Specifically, Tara Rasmussen on the boys side for helping me stay afloat in the deep waters of Salvo SC & youth soccer during my first 6 months at the club. Thank you!!
Lead Community Coach
What a great year 2022 has been!
In the summer of 2022, I saw some of the first 5-year-old community soccer players I ever coached playing travel soccer. Watching those kids go from the soccer scrum of little 5-year-olds to now playing positions, making soccer decisions, communicating on the field, moving the ball, defending as a team, and having fun is AMAZING and a definite highlight. It reminded me that youth development is a process. Trust the process. If they keep playing, they can get there.
Helping families make decisions to play soccer at the best level for them is a highlight. Seeing parents becoming soccer friends is pretty cool.
Hearing the little one’s giggle as they play is a highlight. Seeing the smile on a kid’s face when they make a good play. Seeing that smile become BIGGER when their good play is recognized by the coach and players is even better. Being part of young players experiencing the joy of the game has been an almost daily highlight of 2022.
In 2022, I’ve seen many ESPN quality Top 10 highlights!
I have seen many kids’ score their first EVER GOOOOOAAAL!
I have watched many kids stop a sure goal by pure hustle getting back to save the day.
I’m happy to see the improvement of kiddos who go from one touch and out of bounds to making moves, scoring goals, and passing right to the feet of their teammates. This is an ongoing highlight.
In 2022, I’ve seen so much growth in so many young people.
I’ve seen kids be good friends, teammates, and competitors with other players they didn’t know before.
I saw kids who cried every time they were tagged, knocked out, or scored against last year become focused, determined, and resilient when things don’t go their way.
I have watched kids who were so shy that they would cling to their parents’ legs as soccer began to arrive early, ready, and excited to play. Again, youth development is a process.
Hearing of one long time community player was scoring a lot of goals in her first year of competitive travel soccer tell her coach “the goals are so big” after playing on our little Pugg goals for so many years.
Heard a dad confuse the names of his twins (just like I did every week) as I watched former long-term community soccer playing twins dominating on the field in their first year of playing travel soccer.
Seeing half of a group of ten 5-year-olds spreading out and passing the ball was as super highlight. It is not common for 5-year-olds to spread out and pass the ball, so it was very exciting and memorable.
Seeing the face on the young player and parent when I tell them something good the player did on the field that day is an amazing experience and a frequent highlight.
Hearing the excitement from families who attended their first Loon or Aurora game is a highlight.
I’ve seen kids struggle with understanding they have to run around the net in See Ya, remember to run around the net is a highlight. Watching kids listen to the questions and decide if they should go or not is a highlight.
Finding an activity for each player to have success at is a highlight.
Playing See Ya, Pac Man (Bulldogs & Poodles for the Woodbury crowd), and my version of Chase the Coach are almost always a highlight for me.
See the improvement among so many U7-U8 Community + players as they go from a swarm and 4 v 4 to understanding the positions of playing 7 v 7 is a highlight. Looking forward to Community + coming to the South in Rosemount and Farmington is a highlight too.
In 2022, I’ve met AMAZING people.
Being ‘famous’ is a highlight. I never get tired of hearing someone say “Coach Byron” at Target and other places including Allianz Field for a Loons game. I have heard from many families that my voice is in the background of their family soccer videos and that they are smiling when they tell me about it is pretty cool.
Getting to meet and talk with so many wonderful parents and grandparents over 2022 is a highlight. Helping families navigate the world of soccer and enjoying the beautiful game is a continuous highlight.
Learning about so many things beyond soccer of the people I talk to is a highlight.
In Summer of 2022, camps were a highlight for me.
The heat was NOT a highlight, but having fun playing soccer with others all day long was a highlight.
Hearing stories from parents at check in about activities that their kids kept talking about when they get home is a highlight.
Success stories of players using what they practiced at camp is a highlight. There were many examples but my two favorites were: Hearing a player who almost never voluntarily used her left foot scored a left footed goal after an afternoon specifically working on her left foot. Hearing that a camp counselor who won our Cross-Bar Challenge at camp scored the game winning goal at her final game of the season - off the cross bar.
Seeing and really getting to know the players who come to multiple camps is a highlight.
Accidentally sending a silly song I made up about surviving summer camps to almost all of the Camp Coaches I worked this summer instead of just to one coach I wanted to send it to was a highlight. It was also a reminder to verify who I am texting before hitting send.
In 2022, working with wonderful other coaches was a highlight.
Hearing the stories of the coaches who have played the game at a high level for club, high school, college, and even professionally is a highlight for sure.
Being able to help 400+ volunteer coaches have more fun with less stress as they give up their time to and step up to coach is a highlight. We can’t run our program without them.
Having players who guest-played on a team I coached when they were 12, now giving back to the game working as a community coach for their summer job is a highlight. Helping high school students get volunteer hours helping little ones is a win for the young players a win for the older volunteers and a win for the club and a highlight too.
2022 was a GREAT year on the field. I am very thankful for the privilege of being able to work with the little ones and their parents in 2022. I am very excited for 2023! Hope to see you next year!
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