Executive Director, Jay Sparrow, Selected for the 2013 ’40 under 40’ AchievementOct 27, 2013
We are delighted to announce that our Executive Director, Jay Sparrow, has been selected as a winner for the 2013 ’40 under 40’ award by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Every year, the San Antonio Business Journal mines the city for some of the most talented, successful and community-minded professionals under the age of 40. There are close to 200 nominations and the competition is fierce. This year, the pool was extraordinarily talented. As a result, there are 40 winners and — for the first-time — 22 runners-up. The winners will be featured in a special section published in January 2014 and awarded at a luncheon in February 2014.
Jay Sparrow arrived in San Antonio in 2003 working as a coach for a summer camp company. Jay immediately recognized there was a demand for quality coaching and a professional environment for youth soccer players to further enhance their development, knowledge and love for the game. With the success of the USA 94 World Cup, soccer was now established as a major sport in the USA.
In 2003, World Wide Soccer was born, providing youth soccer players in Texas with a place to play and learn under the guidance of qualified and licensed coaches. World Wide Soccer became one of the market leaders for summer camps in South Texas, providing multiple options for all players regardless of age and ability level in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and the Austin area. In 2005 SA United Soccer Club opened to support the growing demand for professional coaching in San Antonio. Since inception, the club has experienced steady growth from 4 teams to over 50 teams and is now highly regarded as one of the leading clubs in the San Antonio area for developing players and creating a fun and family friendly environment.
Although the primary goal of SA United and World Wide Soccer is to focus on helping soccer players improve their game, under Jay’s leadership the club is now recognized as providing players with essential life skills and helping young people with their overall development, instilling core values that will not only last throughout their soccer career, but throughout their lifetime. One of the other primary focuses of SA United and World Wide Soccer is to install in young athletes the importance of giving back to the community. To help achieve this goal, in 2011 the United for Hope Tournament was born, an SA United event where every year, 100% of net profits from team registrations is given back to a selected charity. SA United has raised money for Haven for Hope (2011), Morgan’s Wonderland (2012), The Boot Campaign (supporting US service men and women (2013) and next year’s beneficiary, the American Heart Foundation (2014). To further demonstrate the company values, World Wide Soccer also runs an annual ‘impact day’, a special day where the company donates its full time staff members to help a chosen local charity. Just another way to give back through business!
SA United Soccer Club would like to extend our congratulations to Jay Sparrow on being nominated for this amazing achievement and to say thank you for all he has done to make our club what it is today. Jay has put in many hours of hard work and his dedication and commitment to providing the best possible club for our players is to be commended.