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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Board of Directors

Rename Bohannon Athletic Fields OMAR RODRIGUEZ ATHLETIC FIELDS

We'd like the the HARD Board of Directors to strongly consider and vote on renaming Bohannon Athletic Fields to  Omar Rodriguez Athletic Fields. If you already know Omar you understand why and can just proceed signing below.  If you do not or just want more of the story please read further.  --A native of soccer-mad Uruguay, Luis 'Omar' Rodriguez moved to the Hayward Area in 1968, settling with his wife and family in San Lorenzo Village.    Almost immediately he began sharing his love of Soccer with his community, as both a youth coach and as one of the founders of the Southern Alameda County Youth Soccer League in 1973.   Nearly 50 years later his impact is ever-present in the Hayward Area.   Soccer was a new sport back then and the area had very few fields.  Omar met and became friends with newly elected HARD board member Dick Sheridan, also a soccer fan.  With Dick's help Omar negotiated an agreement that would serve as the catalyst for the sport's meteoric growth in the area.  Omar agreed to volunteer his time, knowledge and enthusiasm to identify, measure and initially line new fields if HARD would supply and install steel goalposts.  The rest is history and if you or your children have ever played soccer in the area there is about a 95% chance Omar put that field there. Beyond building fields, Omar coached youth for nearly 40 years at SACYSL and Hayward Soccer Clubs. His 'Charruas' teams are among the most successful teams to come out of the Hayward area, winning countless tournaments, and state honors. Throughout those years Omar coached and managed multiple youth and adult teams every season, and countless select teams.   Roughly estimating there have been nearly 3000 community members he directly guided and mentored, not to mention the countless others indirectly affected by his work.  In this day and age of paid 'professional' coaches, surely very few of them can hold a candle to this one volunteer, simply doing it to serve his community and for his sheer love of the game. All the way back to his playing days with the Hayward United & Saprissa teams of the 1970's one location was a constant for Omar, the fields behind Kennedy Park.  Until recently being forced to retire for health reasons Omar has been turning the lights on/off, bringing in loads of dirt and sand to help maintain the fields, and even bought his own tractor mower to assist in keeping the pitch at game height. Omar has already asked his kids to distribute his ashes onto these fields when he passes.  It seems only fitting that these fields also bear his name, reminding the community of this one man who has done so much. --THANK YOU for reading and signing. If you'd like please list how you know/remember Omar, years/teams you played with him and anything you'd like to share.  We will be sure Omar sees the comments..  

Omar Andrés Rodriguez
326 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to FA Community Shield, FA Community Shield Management

Support UK Youth Football Teams by Attending FA Community Shield Match

ProblemThe problem is that many UK football clubs and teams are underfunded due to their difficult socioeconomic conditions.This matters because sports are important in many ways, from health to science, education, recreation, culture, business, entertainment and even politics. This matters because it would help improve the quality of life of the least privileged children in the UK, for whom football can be an incredibly meaningful gift and a wonderful way for them to learn and grow into the great people they have the right to become.SolutionThis problem of underfunded UK Youth Football clubs and teams can be easily solved by having the participating teams and stadium owners of the FA Community Shield football matches donate a portion of their ticket sales proceeds to worthy UK Youth Football clubs and teams. Yes, we realize they already give away monies to over a hundred and twenty organizations. We are calling on them to simply increase their giving by a very modest amount, comparable with the simple minor annual inflationary increases in ticket prices. The recipient clubs and teams would be selected by a blue ribbon panel of football professionals who have well-established credentials in socially-responsible projects and charitable causes. The actionable thing you can do to contribute to this effort is to simply buy a ticket to the game and enjoy attending as you would do at any other football game. You can choose from a number of certified ticket agencies to buy tickets to FA Community Shields. Full Disclosure: Personally, I buy football tickets online through Football Ticket Net, because of the excellent service and high quality seats I have received from them many times already, but you really can buy your tickets anywhere that you want as long as it's a trusted ticket agency licensed to sell FA Community Shields match tickets. Even if you just sign this petition and only buy a low-budget ticket to the match, you're doing your part to improve the quality of life of children in the UK.This petition's organizer will ask the match organizers (the FA) to look at the totality of tickets bought for the event, and all of the other revenues they make from the match, as well as the number of people who signed this petition, and to consider making a charitable donation in kind specifically to the select UK Youth Football teams and clubs. While the FA already donates to a wide number of groups through this annual event, we believe a portion should be guaranteed to the children who are the future of the very sport itself!Personal storyI am just a regular football fan. I never had the opportunity to play in any well-funded club when I was a kid, and while the challenges were sometimes hard, we didn't complain and maybe it made us tougher in some ways. And I also saw the incredibly positive impact it had on my friends who were fortunate enough to be in clubs that had all the resources they really needed. Those positive experiences are the kind I wish for all kids. Children deserve a great and happy childhood. It's up to us as adults to help make that happen!I love UK football and despite its shortcomings and problems, I see it as one of the best nations for setting a good example of the football culture for the world.I am also socially-conscious, and I'm also realistic and realize that the FA can and will do things that serve its good values and interests as an organization. And I see an opportunity to do a very good thing here, very easily, for the children. Related: the FA Community Shield page in Wikipedia  

Stacy Bundle
5 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to ,

Save UNM Mens Soccer!!

Dear soccer community - As you have heard, the regents at The University of New Mexico are seriously considering eliminating the men’s soccer program in an effort to curtail massive financial losses within the athletic department. While we understand that the regents are tasked with making what may appear to them to be sound financial decisions, cutting the men’s soccer program based solely on finances is unwise. We feel that UNM men’s soccer brings far greater value to the community than can be reflected in a financial analysis or pro forma. Since coach Fishbein has taken over the program, the men’s soccer program has experienced great success on the field year after year, including an appearance in the NCAA national championship match in 2005, and a NCAA tournament semi-final in 2013. Every year the soccer community, and the community at large come together to support Lobo men’s soccer. Many of our community’s young players aspire to one day play for their home team: UNM. UNM players are role models to our children. But perhaps the greatest impact Lobo men’s soccer has on our community is off the field. The players and coaches are involved in numerous community outreach programs. The team has a phenomenal graduation rate with players going on to achieve success in any number of high level professions such as medicine, law, and finance to name just a few. The UNM Men’s Soccer Program has established a culture of excellence that shines through both on and off the field, and that culture of excellence is an unparalleled representation of the excellence UNM as an institution wishes to achieve for all of its students, student-athletes, faculty, and staff. To cut the men’s soccer program would be a travesty, and we simply cannot let that happen. Please consider signing the attached petition and pass it along to others who can/will support our cause. Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and help in this matter!

Chris Hurst
16,253 supporters