Timbers announce clubs for expanded Adopt-A-Club program in 2012

Timbers to provide mentors for players, coaches at 20 local youth soccer clubs

Sal Zizzo, Adopt A Club, 2011

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Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced the 20 local youth soccer clubs selected to participate in the Timbers’ expanded Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink, in 2012. Through the program, the Timbers provide players and coaches to serve as mentors to the youth club’s players and coaches throughout the season.

The Timbers, in partnership with CenturyLink, successfully launched their Adopt-a-Club program during their inaugural MLS season in 2011, providing mentorship for six youth clubs across the Portland-metro area and Southwest Washington. In 2012, the program expands to 20 youth clubs reaching from Brush Prairie, Wash., to Roseburg, Ore., and will include the participation of 25 Timbers players.

Among the exclusive Adopt-a-Club benefits, the participating clubs receive a private clinic run by the club’s mentor Timbers player, a coaching clinic conducted by a Timbers coach and alumni ambassador Scot Thompson, and on-field recognition of one selected youth player from the club at an upcoming Timbers home match at JELD-WEN Field.

The 2012 Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink, formally kicks off Monday, April 9, at a luncheon with representatives from all 20 clubs held at JELD-WEN Field. Each of the 20 youth clubs were selected from a large number of applicants.

The following clubs have been selected for the 2012 Adopt-a-Club program:
 

Youth Soccer Club

Location

Timbers Mentor(s)

Bridlemile Soccer Club Portland

Portland, Ore.

Kalif Alhassan; Joe Bendik

Camas-Washougal Soccer Academy

Camas, Wash.

Brent Richards

Eastside Timbers*

Gresham, Ore.

Darlington Nagbe

Eugene Metro Fútbol Club

Eugene, Ore.

Eric Alexander; Chris Taylor

Foothills Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Freddie Braun

Hillsboro Soccer Club

Hillsboro, Ore.

Diego Chara; Jorge Perlaza

Hillside Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Rodney Wallace

Jackson Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Lovel Palmer

Lake Oswego Soccer Club

Lake Oswego, Ore.

Eric Brunner

Milltown United Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

James Marcelin

Mount Tabor Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Bright Dike

Portland City United Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Sal Zizzo

Prairie Soccer Club

Brush Prairie, Wash.

David Horst

Oregon City Soccer Club

Oregon City, Ore.

Jake Gleeson

Rose City Soccer Club

Portland, Ore.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste; Charles Renken

Roseburg Soccer Association

Roseburg, Ore.

Ryan Kawulok

Vancouver Timbers*       

Vancouver, Wash.

Futty Danso

Westside Timbers*                             

Beaverton, Ore.

Franck Songo’o

Westside Warriors Soccer Club

Beaverton, Ore.

Mike Chabala

Woodburn Athletic Futbol Club

Woodburn, Ore.

Hanyer Mosquera; Steve Purdy

* Member of the adidas Timbers Alliance

The Adopt-a-Club program, presented by CenturyLink, is one of many community programs offered through the Timbers community outreach platform, “Stand Together.” The mission of Stand Together is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. For more on Stand Together, visit www.portlandtimbers.com/stand-together.