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Community Outreach – Thanksgiving Run Thru The Woods 2016

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The club actively got involved in the Thanksgiving Run Thru The Woods sponsored by the YMCA.  A one, three, five mile run was offered for thousands of local runners which consisted of a large amount of Texas Rush families.  The club had a tent on site offering fun activities and had staff talking to the public in regards to the club and the soccer programs that we offer.

“Congratulations to all the Texas Rush players who ran the 1, 3 or 5 mile race, proudly represented our club, and showed why soccer players are among the best athletes in the world.”  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.

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If you wish to find more information about partnering with the club to market your products and services, please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at sboddison@texasrush.com

If you’re interested in having Rush Rhino (mascot) appear at your next event, please feel free to contact Stuart Taylor, Director of Community Outreach at staylor@texasrush.com

Texas Rush – Montgomery Upgrade Soccer Facilities

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The club is very excited to announce that we have upgraded the lighting facilities at the Fellowship of Montgomery (Hwy. FM 149).  This will provide the opportunity to further expand the site for further soccer programming on a more permanent basis.  The club offers soccer opportunities for both boys & girls from 3-18 years of age in Montgomery.  This includes a new Youth Academy (Fall 2016) sponsored by The Nelson Company as well as running competitive and recreational areas.  The club currently has increased it’s membership base to 194 players registered in Montgomery in 2016 from 138 players in 2015.

For more information about the Texas Rush – Montgomery program, please contact Jason Budd, Director of Coaching – Montgomery at jbudd@texasrush.com or 281-298-2180.

“Upgrading our lighting was one of the goals of this year’s program.  This will drastically improve our daily soccer operations and it will allow more flexibility in the planning of our soccer programming.   We continually review all our current soccer facilities and make needed improvements where necessary which ultimately provides a better environment for our players to develop and to enjoy their experience “  Don Gemmell, Technical Director.

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Texas Rush Alumni – College Post Season Competition Fall 2016

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The following Texas Rush Alumni have or are currently participating in post-season NCAA / NAIA tournaments across the country.

NCAA Div. I Men / Women

Mitch OstrowskiButler University

Grace PiperTexas A&M

Michaela AbamWest Virginia University

Cienna Arrieta Texas A&M

NCAA Div. II Men / Women

Lindsey WashburnDallas Baptist University

Allison KatriDallas Baptist University

NCAA Div. III Men / Women

Ryan StinebaughCarnegie Mellon University

Alberto CarmonaKenyon College

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Conner Haney – John Brown University

“It’s very exciting to read that our former club players are advancing to the post-season period in their fall seasons.  We continue to track, support and correspond to all the players across the country that have graduated from our club and continue to compete athletically for their respective schools.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / CAP Director.  

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ECNL Phoenix Showcase 2016

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Three ECNL teams traveled to Phoenix, AZ to play in the Phoenix Showcase (Reach Complex), November 11-13, 2016.  Over 200+ college coaching staff were present watching games throughout the event and the club came away with an overall record of 4-3-2.

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Won 2-1 vs. Birmingham United

Lost 1-2 vs. Heat FC

Lost 1-4 vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy

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Won 2-1 vs. Utah Avalanche

Tied 1-1 vs. Atlanta Fire

Tied 0-0 vs. Boca United

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Lost 0-4 vs. Real Colorado

Won 2-1 vs. Eclipse Select

Won 3-2 So Cal Blues

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“The trip was extremely positive for the ECNL Program.  The complex and playing surfaces were superb, we encountered great competition outside of our regular conference and the teams had many opportunities to play in front of college coaches from around the country.  All three teams performed very well and there was interest for a couple of our players from their respective national team programs.  The club looks forward in continuing to work with the ladies in terms of the college recruiting process.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

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Youth Academy Final Game Day

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The club just completed it’s final game day of the Youth Academy season at Bear Branch with over 300 players scrimmaging internally within their own groups.  Each team was given a Champions League team name, 16 games were played with 32 teams present along with a PK shoot-out to close out the games.

For more information on the Youth Academy Program, please email youthacademy@texasrush.com

If interested in partnering with the Youth Academy Program, please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at sboddison@texasrush.com

Texas Rush Hosts Successful U.S. Soccer Performance Center

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The club recently wrapped up hosting a U.S. Soccer Performance Center at Bear Branch soccer complex, The Woodlands, TX offering coaches the opportunity to attain their A, B and C coaching licenses.  The following groups within the club provided players (100+) throughout the weekend course – ECNL Girls, DA Boys, Competitive Boys.

U.S. Federation Instructors:  Jay Hoffman (OH), Dave Dengerink, (TX).

“We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the course at the club, it was very well received by the candidates and it proved to be a tremendous educational experience for our players.  I would like to personally thank everybody involved throughout the weekend for their hard work and efforts.  The club will continue to work and support the U.S. Soccer Federation in providing opportunities of hosting national level educational courses in The Woodlands, TX.”  Simon Boddison – Director of Soccer Operations.

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Fall Recreational Season Recap 2016

Over 1,400 players and families (170 teams) completed the final day of Recreational Soccer for the fall season at Bear Branch on Saturday.  The following activities were all part of the festivities:  face painting, prizes, medals, pictures, on-site registration along with Rush Rhino in attendance capped off another very positive fall season of soccer within the recreational program.  The program was brought to you by Wings ‘N More.  Looking for your end of season team party – look no further than Wings ‘N More!

For more information on the Recreational Soccer Program, please contact Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching at mquinn@texasrush.com

“I would like to thank all the volunteer coaching staff, referees and the parents for supporting their children and the program throughout the fall season.  Many hours are dedicated behind the scenes at training or on game day to make the environment a positive, fun, learning experience for the players.  It was great to see so many smiling faces hanging out with Rush Rhino and having fun.”  Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching – Recreational.

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CLICK RUSH RHINO TO REGISTER FOR 3 VS. 3 WINTER BLAST TOURNAMENT 2016

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Community Outreach – November 6

HFM Fall Fun Fest

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Texas 10 Series - Conroe

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The club was involved in two events throughout the weekend Texas 10 Series – Conroe and the Houston Family Magazine Fall Fun Fest at The Woodlands Mall.  Hundreds of kids were on site for the event at the mall with over 500 runners participating in the race at Conroe.

If you would like Rush Rhino to attend an event, please contact Stuart Taylor at staylor@texasrush.com

“It was a pleasure to attend the HFM Fall Fun Fest at the Woodlands Mall, interact with hundreds of people and share information about our programming. As always, the Rush Rhino was the life of the party, and put smiles on the faces of everyone! We look forward to returning to this event in the future.”  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.

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“Congratulations to all those involved with the Texas 10 Series – Conroe, it was a great event for the club to be involved with and support.  The response from the race participants on seeing the Rhino was tremendous.  We look forward to being a part of their future events.”  Stuart Taylor – Director of Community Outreach.

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TOPS (Special Needs) Wins Lex Frieden Award 2016

A Special Thank You from Governor Greg Abbott

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Texas Rush was nominated for and received the Lex Frieden Award – TOPS (Special Needs Program).  In the Non-Profit category, Texas Rush was recognized for our TOPS program and staff member, Keith Johnson.  The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is proud to announce that the annual employment awards have been renamed after disability rights champion and independent living movement leader Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Frieden is the UT Chancellor’s Health Fellow on Disability, a professor of biomedical informatics and rehabilitation at UT Health Science Center at Houston and director of the Independent Living Research Utilization Program (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital.

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“We are humbled to be nominated and selected for this special award which recognizes companies for providing opportunities to people with disabilities.  Texas Rush is very proud of the TOPS program and Keith. As a US Paralympic National Team Goalkeeper, Keith is an inspiration and proof that if you dream big and work hard, anything is possible. We would like to thank our membership and specifically our ‘TOPS buddies’ for their support of the TOPS program. It is heartwarming to watch our TOPS participants and their buddies play soccer. We would also like to thank the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and their sponsors for the award and for hosting a wonderful event. It was an inspiration to hear the advances in technology which are making it possible for people with disabilities to integrate into the workplace.”  Pam Coffman, Executive Business Administrator.

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Breast Cancer Awareness – Texas Rush Soccer Club 2016

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The club is very proud to announce that they have donated $10,635.00 and presented a check to Erica Johnson, Founder & Executive Director with IGoPink – The Breast Cancer Charities of America (local organization) on Wednesday night at Bear Branch soccer complex.  The program was led by the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) section of the club selling pink shirts throughout the month of October to the club’s membership, family, friends and supporters.  The club increased their donation for the fourth year running.

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“First of all, I would like to thank everybody that was associated with the club’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser 2016.  We had many people behind the scenes volunteering countless hours in helping to sell, market and raise awareness through the the pink t-shirt campaign.  It’s with great pride that we are able to present a check to IGoPink – The Breast Cancer Charities of America for 2016.  We look forward in supporting this very worthy cause next Fall 2017.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

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“The Breast Cancer Charities of America is honored to partner with the staff and the players of RUSH Soccer in The Woodlands. What amazing work the players pulled together to do to honor and support breast cancer patients in our community.”  Erica Johnson, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Charities of America.

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