Burton Haimes has devoted more than 33 years, one-half of his life to the service of AYSO. During those years, he has served at the Region, Area, Section and National levels, and has been the face and voice of AYSO to the national and international soccer communities. He served an unprecedented 30 years on the AYSO National Board of Directors, seven as National President and 12 as Chairman of the Board and has worked in all capacities to enhance AYSO's position in the soccer community as the model for youth sports. As part of the legal commission for many years, not only did he travel to Regions to support local turf battles, but he also filed a major lawsuit against the USSF, which was adjudicated in AYSO's favor by the Olympic Committee, resulting in the USSF having to reorganize itself under a new constitution, recognizing the valid position of AYSO. Without all of his pro bono work, AYSO would not exist as it does today. His commitment to and passion for AYSO has been unsurpassed in the giving of personal and professional time. His dedication has served as an example to others and is acknowledged and appreciated.
Cherie Tucker, in over 35 years of service has been involved in all levels of AYSO. From coach to Regional Commissioner, to the National Board of Directors and National Executive Director, her leadership and vision have helped to shape what AYSO is today. Recognizing the importance of volunteer training, Cherie prioritized the formation of AYSO's training strategy, developing and conducting many of the initial volunteer training sessions, including the first national training weekend. Her focus on AYSO's development and growth is unmatched. She was personally responsible for bringing in many new Regions and players, traveling at great personal sacrifice all over the United States. In her pursuit to make sure that everyone knew of the values of AYSO and that every family had the chance to participate, she logged more miles for AYSO than anyone and formalized the Very Important Player (VIP) program. As an untiring AYSO evangelist, she helped others aspire to her vision of AYSO soccer for all kids supported by the most prepared volunteers. With great passion and hands-on style she set a direction for AYSO and challenged everyone to serve at the highest level.
Cherie has truly left her mark on AYSO, its players and its volunteers.