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Aug, 2022

Jamie Kelly of Florham Park Youth Soccer Honored as NJYS Respect Campaign Ambassador

Austin Lloyd, NJ Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Coach Jamie Kelly of Florham Park Youth Soccer has been selected as the newest NJYS Respect Campaign Ambassador.

Kelly was chosen because of his commitment to changing the way players, parents and coaches approach a youth soccer game. One of the ways that he and other members of Florham Park Youth Soccer have done so is by implementing the #StandWithRefs Campaign. Similar to the NJYS mission to promote respect in the game, Florham Park has displayed a consistent commitment to show referees respect after each game, regardless of the outcome, and ensure they feel appreciated for all of their hard work.

Kelly stated that someone who deserves much credit for Florham Park Youth Soccer always showing respect for others in the game is club president Christian Garing.

“Coach Garing has been out in front of this for a while now, and I am just happy to be able to carry the torch and provide a fun and safe environment for the kids, parents and referees,” said Kelly.

In addition to the Stand With Refs Campaign, Kelly also supported his 16U Girls Team in their desire to make an impact on the community this season by raising money for the #WeAreJohnnyStrong Fund in East Hanover.

To the parents, enjoy every moment and let the kids have fun with the game,” said Kelly when asked to offer advice on how others can promote respect in the game. “Be positive role models. It is important for the future of the game. I can already see that a handful of my 16U Girls showing an interest in being future coaches, which in the end would be my greatest accomplishment, to keep the game moving forward. It is not until you get older that you realize the importance of great coaches.”

Kelly looks forward to the opportunity to coach his youngest daughter in her introduction to travel soccer, and he is excited to develop the next wave of players and parents while promoting the importance of respect on and off the field. Florham Park Youth Soccer is committed to continuing their support for the NJYS Respect Campaign and their own Stand With Refs Campaign, and they hope more clubs will follow suit.

“Together, we can change things,” said Kelly.

To get involved with the NJYS Respect Campaign, all members of the NJYS community are urged to recognize and acknowledge acts of respect by players, coaches, parents, referees, and administrators. If you observe someone taking the extra step to promote a more respectful atmosphere in youth soccer, we encourage you to nominate them as a NJYS Respect Ambassador by filling out this link: CLICK HERE

To further promote respect in the game, NJ Youth Soccer also encourages the soccer community to post a picture on social media that portrays and describes the observed respectful act. Make sure to use the hashtag #NJYSRespect and tag @NJYouthSoccer on the post so they can be recognized by our state association.

The goal of the NJYS Respect Campaign is to improve the soccer culture as well as decrease the frequency of required disciplinary measures and reports of abuse from competition in member leagues. This is not a temporary campaign but an ongoing commitment to improve behavior in NJ Youth Soccer.

To learn more about the NJYS Respect Campaign, click here.
 If you have any questions about the initiative, please email Austin Lloyd at [email protected]

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