involvement in soccer began just like it has for
hundreds of thousands of other Americans. In Charlotte
in 1980 when oldest son Scot was six, he told Anita
and her husband Dick that he wanted to play soccer.
What started as a typical effort to offer the best
opportunities to her own child turned into a seventeen-year
commitment that touched the lives of thousands of
youth soccer players all over the United States.
Two of those players were Anita and Dick’s
other two children, Eric and Krista.
contributions as an administrator at the local,
state, and national levels have earned her the distinction
of being selected as a member of the fourth class
of inductees of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of
Fame on this, the twenty-seventh day of January,
and immediate passion for soccer would come as no
surprise to those who knew her. She had graduated
from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, with a
BA in speech and theatre and a secondary teaching
certificate in 1967. She was inducted into several
honor societies and earned numerous academic awards.
Even now, she serves her alma mater as Chair of
the Theatre Advisory Board. She has held numerous
leadership positions in a variety of service clubs,
including the General Federation of Woman’s
Clubs in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1984
the North Carolina Federation honored her as the
Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. All that time,
she spent a lot of time on stage, performing in
community theatre and children’s theatre productions.
So her involvement in soccer would become an extension
of a life-long commitment to excellence and service
Some might say her
involvement in soccer took a natural progression.
She hadn’t spent much time on the sidelines
as a spectator before she was recruited to be an
assistant coach in the Park Sharon Athletic Association
recreation league. As she learned more, she coached
teams with more experienced players. And her career
as an administrator began with her local club, the
Charlotte Park Sharon Soccer Club, where she held
several positions, including President. She then
went on to serve NCYSA as Vice President, Classic
Division in 1998-99. In that post, she had the privilege
of accompanying the U-19 Greensboro Bucs, the Southern
Regional Champions, to the USYSA National Championships
at Long Island, NY. And the rest is history. Following
that competition, Anita was appointed to the National
Championship Committee for four years. Following
the 1992 Championships in Richmond, she was appointed
as Chair of that same committee and served in that
capacity for another five years. Over the nine-year
period she served on the committee, substantial
improvements were made in the level of play and
in the overall organization of the Championships.
At the same time, she also served on the Competitions
Committee of the USSF and was a delegate to USSF
AGMs and to USYSA Workshops, at which she conducted
several workshops on Championship rules.
It was also during
that time when daughter Krista began asking questions
about traveling teams for girls. Since there were
no girls’ teams playing classic soccer at
that time in Charlotte, guess who took charge? Anita
returned to coaching and organized the ’79
Lady Tornado. Knowing that girls now have the same
opportunity as boys to play soccer in Charlotte
is a source of enduring satisfaction and the root
of some of Anita’s most rewarding memories
of her contributions to the game.
record of service to the boys and girls who played
soccer under the banner of NCYSA and USYSA has endeared
her to a countless number of special friends and
has taken her to many places across the United States
and Europe. But her contributions far outnumber
any personal gains. “The beautiful game”
has benefited tremendously because of her efforts.