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Steel Sports Spotlights MAY 2021

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." —Mike Singletary

CHECK OUT THE NEW STEELSPORTS.com

The sleek, new SteelSports.com has launched with a focus on its Kids First philosophy, unique Coaching System, Social Impact, connection to the legendary Tommy Lasorda and the three product lines: Teams, Experience and Community Programming. Visitors will now be able to search and register for Steel Sports camps, programs and tournaments across the country at SteelSports.com.

FORGE FUTURE LEADERS

Steel Partners Purpose Statement and Town Hall

Steel Partners recently unveiled a new purpose statement aimed at, like Steel Sports, putting Kids First and having a greater positive impact on our kids, families, communities and society.

"To forge a path of success for the next generation by putting kids first, instilling values, building character and teaching life lessons through sports." — Steel Partners Purpose Statement

Steel Partners also hosted a Town Hall on May 24 to discuss this new purpose statement and the specific steps and benefits to help foster engagement with the shared purpose. Steel Partners is providing funding to support the following initiatives:

• Leadership teams will become "Steel Sports" certified coaches.

• Coaching System free of charge to local organizations where employees coach and where their children participate.

• Potential Steel Sports scholarships for local youth teams.

• Flex time for employees who coach in their community.

LILY FUSCO EARNS US YOUTH SOCCER HONOR

Steel United PA 2005 player Lily Fusco was named the USYS National League Player of the Month for May. Players who are selected represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. Congrats to Lily for representing Steel Sports to the highest level both on and off the field!

From the USYS website: Lily is a true playmaker for her 2005 Steel United team, as she often manages to score or contribute assists in every game she plays. Lily recently put in a performance that included two goals, including a 30-yard free kick, which led to a win for her team. Lily is also a member of the 2006 Eastern Pennsylvania US Youth Soccer ODP team. Off the field, Lily is a freshman honor student at her high school, and she is active in her community. She is an elected member of the Steel United Athletes Leadership Council, and she recently raised $3,000 to feed less fortunate kids in her community through United We Feed.

#LETUSPLAY CAMPAIGN

Steel United Virginia has attempted to join the local entry-level travel league, Virginia Soccer League on three separate occasions and has been denied each time. As a result, over 150 Hampton Roads area youth players representing a wide diversity of genders, ethnicities and financial status are unable to participate in local soccer games at community venues. Adults and potential conflict of interests are blocking children from entering the pathway at the very lowest point of entry while suggesting their associated non-profit organizations are serving the greater community and deserving of municipal support and tax payer benefits.

Kids need to be on the field enjoying sports more than ever as the world recovers from a global pandemic. Please watch the video below and join us in helping spread the message with the hopes the Virginia Soccer League will #LetUsPlay.

MAY RAIN CAn'T STOP STEEL'S JS LEGACY CUP

Memorial Day weekend delivered an unseasonably cold rain to Massachusetts, but that couldn't stop the JS Legacy Cup and its participants from taking the field and having a blast. Over 125 boys and girls teams took part in the event, and there were a ton of smiles despite the weather.

UNITED ONCE AGAIN

STEEL UNITED NATIONAL PROGRAM RETURNS TO IN-PERSON THIS AUGUST

Following the success of Steel United's first virtual National Program in April, the in-person National Program will return for the summer of 2021 on August 1-4 at Rider University in New Jersey. The best players in the 2005, 2006 & 2007 age groups will be selected with formal invitations sent out this month. All our national staff are excited to get back out on the field and work with the National teams and players this summer and re-establish the success we had with the program in 2019-20.

TEAM STEEL NY HOSTS SENIOR WIFFLE BALL OUTING

For National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 26, the Team Steel NY Athlete Leadership Council invited residents of Village Walk Senior Living in Patchogue to Baseball Heaven for a fun-filled Wiffle ball outing. The council hosted lunch, provided matching team jerseys for everyone and took the field for some Wiffle ball. Click the button below to see the residents in action!

OFF THE FIELD IMPACT

RED CARD CANCER & #STRIKEOUTCANCER

Steel Sports dedicated May’s national service efforts to Red Card Cancer, founded by Steel Sports' very own Paul Payne. Athletes from Steel United soccer and Team Steel baseball and softball combined efforts in support of the American Cancer Society’s impactful research. Our soccer teams raised money to Red Card Cancer while our baseball and softball teams raised donations to #StrikeOutCancer — all to benefit Red Card Cancer’s support for the American Cancer Society. It's not too late to join our team. Click the button to join Steel Sports, raise awareness and donate if you are able!

MEN's HEALTH MONTH

Go THE DISTANCE IN JUNE TO SUPPORT THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION

Did you know 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime? These are our fathers, grandfathers, husbands, uncles and friends. To celebrate Men’s Health Month, Steel Sports is challenging its community to complete 100 miles of physical activity. We want to show our support for everyone impacted by prostate cancer while fundraising to defeat the disease. Our efforts will support the Prostate Cancer Foundation, an organization that is leading the charge to accelerate lifesaving biomedical research.

Click HERE to read PCF's message on Tommy Lasorda who was a PCF Honorary Board Member and advocate for men with prostate cancer.

Staff Spotlights

May's Staff Star of the Month is Pennsylvania's Joe Raymond! Joe constantly proves how important the Steel Sports core values are to his sessions. His players love these moments and love Joe for allowing time each practice to come together as one big group. He is a model coach and employee every time he steps on the field.

May's Social Impact MVP is Virginia Soccer Teams Director Pato Aguilera! Even with all his coaching and staff responsibilities, Pato was heavily involved with participating in Red Card Cancer, and he also facilitated a clothing donation.