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The history of AYSO and its fulfillment of objectives is a never-ending joy and we pause at this time to look back in order to look forward. We, Pioneers of AYSO, past and present, consist of players, parents, coaches, referees, administrators, manual laborers, and friends, are a volunteer organization especially at the regional level where the tasks have their most striking importance. We are fully aware that our youth are developing their leadership skills, physical abilities, and receiving an opportunity to grow into the best of adult citizens. Our "time and treasure" has been well utilized and now we shall refresh our energies to support AYSO, and, most importantly, to enjoy further successes by active participation in providing every youth in the Americas with the joy of athletic exhilaration on the field of play as we continue to score our next goals. 
 
AYSO has become the most exciting national youth athletic program and we look forward to EVERYONE INVITED not only to play the sport as a youth but also to support the total AYSO program at all levels, especially the regional level. Many of us have nurtured our families with the thrills and joys of their playing, and as coaches, referees, administrators, and with the sweat of manual labor. Each and everyone of us is entitled to be refreshed by the history of AYSO and the multitude of accomplishments with success beyond our pioneer dreams. Like every AYSO player who dreams while on the field of play, we, as adults, also dream of the further American potential success possible within AYSO.
 
No one is more experienced by the wisdom gained in our individual participation in AYSO, and the lessons learned truly indicate that the "best of paths" have been selected. It is prayerful that the future is filled not only with our individual dreams but also our dreams of strengthening this land of freedom with leadership skills learned on the field of play as EVERYONE PLAYS. Those of us who not only witnessed the first day of AYSO play at Jefferson Elementary School's field of dreams in Torrance, California but also expended our "time and treasure" for many years thereafter are kindled by the AYSO status of today in America. Many of the early Pioneers have moved upward and the memories of their efforts are a STORY to be told. Present day Pioneers of AYSO are always the keys of the future and your individual STORY "IN YOUR REGION" must be told as it unfolds. Strong emphasis of individual Profiles will highlight the Pioneers STORY at the national and regional levels, and rightfully so. Each region will select the most outstanding profiles to be included in their AYSO REGIONAL HALL OF FAME (see GUIDELINES). 
 
The www.apayso.org website is unlimited in pages and to fill them we request each active Pioneer to embrace this effort to include everyone, especially in the STORY of each region. In order to reach out to everyone in AYSO, each region will have their own self-prepared personalized STORY told. The format of each regional story is outlined in the GUIDELINES "page" of this web site. To assist you, the West Torrance AYSO story will be initially prepared herein to provide guidance and format to the efforts of every other region. This approach to the challenge is typical for AYSO in order to work together and support each other. To efficiently exercise the preparation, each region will have a REGIONAL HISTORIAN (and committee) that will input directly into the website. The AREA HISTORIAN will edit the information for area compatibility. In this manner, the joy will be shared and the history most verifiable, credible,  and unlimited.          
 
The history of the Pioneers of AYSO is in its infancy. We will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of AYSO on August 15, 2014 and the first five decades will be but a "stepping-stone" to the future. With over 6, 000,000 player graduates and over 500,000 active players, many of us have had our dreams fulfilled and the present generation of AYSO players are fully involved in preparation for their futures.
 
One of the objectives of the STORY of the Pioneers of AYSO is to have today's players and regional leaders fully aware of their opportunities to make a quantum leap forward as they progress. The history of the Early Pioneers and the AYSO Philosophies developed to not only overcome their growth difficulties but also to optimize the efficent operation for all is at the foundation of our present successes. It is anticipated that our present-day Pioneers will continue to add and improve our AYSO Philosophies, drafted herein.
 
The history of the Pioneers of AYSO is to be an "art of positive expression" and a "THANK YOU" to the many pioneers especially the ones who become Active Pioneers, once again, in continuing their STORY in APAYSO. At all levels, we have celebrated, are celebrating, will celebrate further with the memories of the past, the joys of the present, and the unbelievable future that we, together, shall attain.
 
At this stage of preparation of the Pioneers of AYSO STORY,  various pages contain comments that will be further re-wriiten, edited, and updated as additional stories are received. Web sites do not have "spell and grammar" editing built-in and the review on-going process will allow for corrections. Be fully aware that the website is in its early stages and as time progresses, the story will unfold. Volunteers as historians are requested! Email us!
 
Enjoy this initial early rough draft of PIONEERS OF AYSO. It is planned that each region will eventually have their individual history herein as an integral web site within this one all-encompassing web site. Together, we PIONEERS OF AYSO,  past and present, will have a story of joy for years to come. ENJOY AS YOU WELL DESERVE.
 
 
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