Last month, AYSO Region 41 kicked off their 45th season with a day of festivities, where local elected officials and some of our National Staff members had the pleasure of attending! The event was held Saturday, Aug.25, at Niguel Hills Middle School in Laguna Niguel with local families and notable community members in attendance.
It was a beautiful California afternoon filled with soccer games, vendor booths, soccer gear recycling, giveaways, a DJ and some awesome inflatable games. Families gathered to enjoy food and music as kids took the field to show off their soccer skills.
In addition to celebrating 45 years of AYSO soccer, the Opening Day event served as picture day for the region. Players arrived in full uniform, looking their very best! It was a treat to see so many smiling faces and kids filled with excitement.
The afternoon also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local dignitaries, Senator Pat Bates, Mayor Elaine Gennawey, Mayor Pro Tem John Mark Jennings and Laguna Niguel Chamber Members. It was wonderful to witness the Laguna Niguel community coming together to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful game of soccer!
We sat down with Lissette Bartolome, Region 41 Marketing Chair to find what AYSO means to her:
“To me personally, it’s community. Knowing that people from different areas able to play within our city is what motivates me. I have met a lot of great families and I think that’s the biggest thing. Sometimes you can feel like you’re doing it on your own but connecting with other families and board members helps create that sense of community.”
We were honored to be part of such a special day and look forward to 45 more years of AYSO soccer in Region 41!