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Sep, 2021

NJ Youth Soccer Hosts Legal Externship

New Jersey Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize Ashley Dabb, who recently completed a legal externship with the State Office this summer. Her efforts contributed to advancing the NJYS mission to provide fun and safe soccer experiences at all ages and abilities.

“We were so fortunate to benefit from Ashley’s passion for the sport and professional knowledge,” said Evan Dabby, NJYS Executive Director. “Her depth of experience allowed her to contribute to and lead a vast array of projects. In a short period of time, Ashley spearheaded the league management project, drafted the incident response guidelines and did the due diligence for the partnership marketing revamp.”

Andrew Bondarowicz, sports law professor at Rutgers University and NJYS Second Vice President, introduced Dabb to the organization as she looked to complete an externship en route to her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. As a native of New Jersey, Dabb was eager to volunteer with the organization as she believed it would offer a unique legal setting different from her previous experience in professional and collegiate sports.

“It opened up my perspective and taught me to value the organizational purpose,” Dabb said of her externship at NJ Youth Soccer. “For instance, in professional sports organizations and franchises, the main driver is revenue, whereas the youth sports level is more about creating a dynamic environment to encourage participation from players, clubs and leagues to work collectively and collaboratively to foster a positive environment for all.”

Dabb spent over a decade in professional sports with the Philadelphia Union as Vice President of Marketing and Communication. With the Union, she oversaw the team’s branding, digital and event strategy, and she collaborated with the sales team to generate revenue on new assets. She also previously spent time as the Chief Marketing Officer of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). At the NLL, she was responsible for rebranding the league mark, building a new digital infrastructure, which included a new website and OTT platform, and creating league-wide media and social media training for the players.

During her time with NJ Youth Soccer, Dabb was exposed to the various agreements required to run a sports business, including independent contractor agreements, operating agreements and more. She utilized her experience with contracts and the sports industry to tailor-make these for the specific needs of NJ Youth Soccer.

“In addition to attending the Annual General Meeting and seeing the organization’s hard work come to fruition, the highlight of my experience was the ability to work with great people at the intersection of sports and law,” explained Dabb.

Dabb valued her time with the organization as it allowed her to hone in on the complexity of risk management and cemented her understanding of problem solving with a holistic point of view. For anyone interested in gaining experience with NJ Youth Soccer, Dabb recommends resourcefulness.

“NJYS gives you the opportunity to take on strategic challenges with the autonomy to present solutions and work independently,” said Dabb.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with NJ Youth Soccer, complete and submit this questionnaire. If you have more questions about how you or your community can get involved with us, email [email protected].

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