At-Large 5: John Denemark

Qualifications:

Jessica has been actively involved with Vienna Youth Soccer for the past five years, starting when her son joined VYS as a U-5. Her son is now playing VYS travel, and this fall will be joined by his little sister, who will also be playing VYS travel. Jessica’s youngest son will be joining his siblings at VYS this fall as a U-5. Jessica has been an active coach for her daughter’s team the past three years, and spent the past two seasons as the U-7 Girls Commissioner. She has a National F license and will complete her E license this summer. Professionally, Jessica is an attorney licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has over ten years of experience in commercial litigation, with a specialty in land use and real estate matters.

Personal Statement:

One of the first things my husband and I did when we moved to Vienna – before we actually even closed on our home – was to sign our son up for VYS, and sign my husband up to help coach. Since then, VYS has continued to give us the opportunity to make many new friends and foster close relationships with many members of the VYS community. In fact, many of the families who were on our original VYS soccer team are still some of our (both parents and kids) best friends today. Vienna has such a great group of parents and kids, and I would love for them all to play soccer in Vienna.

I know how much fun both my husband and I had playing soccer while growing up in Fairfax County (we played for rival high schools), and I am excited for the opportunity to help our children and their friends have the same experience. In my role as At-Large Board Member, I believe VYS should focus on improving communications, particularly with those parents of younger children who are new to VYS/soccer. I also believe VYS should provide more opportunities for children to just play the game, without any rules or pay to play. To that end, I want to bring back pick up for all ages, not just the older kids. And for those children who would like to play more and/or at a more competitive level than house, but are perhaps too young for travel, I’d like to provide them with the opportunity to play more competitive games (for example, the type of games that used to be provided via the cross over program).


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