Through soccer I have had an amazing life. I have traveled the world. I have competed against the best. I left my heart and soul on the field. We have won countless games and painfully lost some too. The goals we have scored are imprinted in our mind for life. The success, injuries, friendships, and memories have been tallied. What’s my LEGACY going to leave for those behind me?
Leaving a legacy for others to follow is part of what drives us as a club, coaches, parents, and players. I followed others who had gone before me; they left a legacy for me. Now I am making sure that those who come after me will have a trail to follow as well.
Think about those who left a LEGACY for us to follow and for you specifically:
- Your parents
- Your grandparents
- Your aunts and uncles
- Your school teachers
- Your coaches
- Your teammates
There are literally thousands of men and women who lived in a way that affects our lives today. And yes, the list goes on from there as well. These are the people who we knew, who we lived with, and who shaped us deeply.
Why is leaving a legacy important? The legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life and the sport we compete in everyday. Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world. We are stewards of the sport of soccer. We have a responsibility to leave things better than how we found it.
Yes, your legacy is very important. Take time to reflect on what you did yesterday, what you are doing right now and what your plans are for tomorrow, which will affect the LEGACY you leave behind for others.
- You’re BUILDING A LEGACY every day.
- You’re part of a LEGACY.
- What LEGACY do you hope to leave?
Andy Bonchonsky - Director of Coaching, SAN TAN Soccer Club
Our Building A Legacy (BAL) Program is built around our fundamental belief that we are all in the process of BUILDING A LEGACY to leave behind for the next generation. Below are the areas annually we are going to focus on moving forward in our Building A Legacy (BAL) Program.
Milestones within the club can be used to bring everyone together, and can also be used to motivate players and teams throughout their time in the club.
BAL Annual Awards
BAL Annual Awards will be given to the 4 San Tan Soccer Club Staff members, 4 Legacy Team Managers, 4 Legacy Coaches and 4 Rec Coaches, and 4 San Tan Soccer Club Parent that represent our club’s vision.
BAL Annual Pentathlon
All Legacy players u7-18 will annually compete amongst their teammates in a pentathlon event. Events will be age specific, and will be taught and practiced throughout the year. Each player will be tested in the last part of the season. The events will vary in content, emphasizing our club’s expectations of building well-rounded champions.
The BAL Scholarship will go to one female and one male outgoing senior who embodied the BAL vision throughout their time at the club.