Rapids Alumni Player Marcelo Balboa to Be Inducted Into Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame

DENVER CO (CYS Official Release) - Colorado Youth Soccer has announced today that former Colorado Rapids Team Captain and defender Marcelo Balboa will be inducted into the Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at CYS's annual Awards Gala tomorrow night.
CYS’s "Outstanding Achievement Award" will also be presented to Balboa.
As the most consistent defender for the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the 90’s with 128 caps and 13 goals Balboa was also one of the most recognizable players to spectators with his long dark pony-tailed profile. He was a founding member of the Colorado Rapids when they joined Major League Soccer in 1996 and played with the club through 2001.
As a long-time resident of Colorado Balboa has been active in coaching youth players both at the club and state ODP level. CYS President Jon DeStefano cites Balboa as a great role model for young soccer players everywhere.
Colorado Youth Soccer will also present Lifetime Achievement Awards to seven other inductees into its Hall of Fame:

Al Ashton (post humus) – a prominent coach who served Colorado youth soccer teams from the seventies into the nineties.

Ann Fraser – A long standing figure in the Cherry Creek Soccer Association and later the Colorado Storm organization she worked to support CYS events as well as rendered personal service to many young players in the state.

Cheryl Harrington – Colorado’s true "Soccer Mom has worked for Colorado Youth Soccer for over 25 years. Under her care and guidance the Association has flourished and remained strong despite many changes in the landscape of youth soccer.

Marty Mankamyer – A notable personality on both the national and state level in youth soccer Marty has served on and chaired the USOC and has been the driving force behind Colorado’s well-loved Pike’s Peak Tournament for many years.

John Meyer – Referred to by friends as the "Father of Youth Soccer" in Colorado
John was the first to start youth and "Pee-Wee" leagues in the 1960’s.

Davis Moore – Although known as an accomplished referee for many years in the CYS youth leagues Davis has served as president of the Douglas County club board and the CYS state board as well as serving currently as the chair of CYS’ Protest and Appeals Committee.

Robert Selsvold – Another longstanding referee Bob has served over 10 years on the Colorado Youth Soccer Board of Directors with five years in the President’s chair.
In the 80’s Bob served in the Columbine Soccer Association and continues to officiate as many games as possible.

The Annual Colorado Youth Soccer Awards Dinner and Ceremony will be held 6:00pm Saturday February 16 at the Marriott DTC in conjunction with its annual workshop.

Other awards being presented will be:
-2007 Wilbur Vermilye Recreational Coaches of the Year
-2007 Al Ashton Competitive Coaches of the Year
-2007 Young Male Referee of the Year
-2007 Young Female Referee of the Year
-2007 CYS Volunteer of the Year
CYS will also induct eight youth soccer notables into its Hall of Fame.
For more information on Colorado Youth Soccer visit their website by clicking here.