Green Soccer Association: TRAVEL (Ages 9-13): Stacey Messner, One of Our Coaches to Play for National Team

Friday, May 18
Stacey Messner, One of Our Coaches to Play for National Team

Hello,

My name is Stacy Messner and I have recently been selected as a member of the USA Women’s National Deaf Soccer Team. I am writing to you today to let you know a little about myself, my upcoming journey to represent the United States this summer, and to request any support you may be able to provide to help me on the rest of this journey.

Just to let you know a little about me, I graduated from Green High School in 2006 where I played for the Girls Soccer team and was a big part of 2 District Championships and 1 Regional Championship. I then went on to Malone University and graduated in 2011 with a Sport Management degree with a minor in coaching. During college I decided to give back to my community, and started coaching at my alma mater and with the Green Soccer Association youth program. I have been a part of the girls’?high school soccer staff for the past four years and have coached multiple youth teams during that time as well. I continue to enjoy every moment coaching as I am able to be a part of each player’s life as they grow as people and as soccer players.

During the last two years, life has presented some big challenges for me and my family. My father, the family’s sole caregiver, died of a massive heart attack. That left my very ill grandmother, myself, and my three younger sisters. As the oldest, I took the majority of the responsibility to care for my grandmother. Within the next 5 months, she passed away as well. I am now the caregiver for 2 of my younger sisters – Christie, a senior at Green who plans to attend Malone University in the fall, and Marissa, an 8th grader who has some mental disabilities. Although the last two years have presented hardship for our family and changed many of my plans, I have pushed myself to stay positive and focus on our family. I try hard to be a good role model for my sisters and those I am able to influence through coaching.

Within the last year, I learned about the Women’s Deaf National Soccer Team. As I read the article about an upcoming tryout I thought this might be an opportunity to do something for myself. So I endured three weekend tryouts along with my own personal struggles to get back into playing shape. Thankfully I was selected to be a part of the team that will be traveling to Turkey this July to compete in the World Deaf Futbol Championships.

Currently the Women’s Team is ranked #1 In the World and they have won gold medals at the last two events. Despite this success, there is no financial support for the team from our country. Each player is required to raise $5,000 to cover all expenses including flights, meals, hotels, and travel. Due to many of the family issues and responsibilities I have mentioned above, I cannot fund this trip on my own. Any donation or support from you will bring me one step closer to realizing my dream of representing my country and my community playing the game I have grown up loving.

I have set up a benevolent fund at First Merit Bank, where anyone can donate money to the Stacy Messner – USA Deaf Soccer Team fund. This can be done at any First Merit branch and all donations are tax deductible. I would also like to offer to speak or meet with you or your organization (could be specific here to the recipient).

I am so humbled and proud to be able to represent not only my country, but more specifically my community of Green.

Thank you for your time. Please take time to read through the U.S. Deaf Soccer Association packet.

?Stacy Messner