Maryland Coach Named US Youth Soccer Boys Recreation Coach of the Year
By PRESS OFFICER
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (Fri, Nov 16, 2018)—Maryland soccer coach Mohamed Ouchikh has been named the 2018 US Youth Soccer Boys Recreation Coach of the Year.
The Laurel native is a head coach for recreational and recreational select teams with the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC). He has his US Soccer “C” license, has a goalkeeping level 1 diploma and is a member of the United Soccer Coaches. He is also the soccer commissioner for the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, a USSF licensed soccer referee and has been a member of the Capital Area Soccer Referees Association (CASRA) since 2015.
“The Soccer Association of Columbia is very proud of Mo’s achievements in our recreation program,” SAC Executive Director Craig Blackburn said. “Mo is a coach that truly cares about the development of the recreational player.”
Ouchikh is praised for his avid promotion of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive parent involvement. He embraces and promotes diversity on and off the field. His coaching philosophy is “to develop young players to become athletes and most importantly, good people.”
He also won the 2018 East Region Boys Recreation Coach of the Year and 2018 MSYSA Male Recreation Coach of the Year awards.
“We are so proud of Mohamed for his work with the recreation program at the Soccer Association of Columbia,” MSYSA Director of Operations Nathean Meadows said. “Many of us refer to soccer as ‘the beautiful game’ and not just because of what happens out on the pitch but equally because of coaches like Mohamed who dedicate countless hours to training and mentoring youth. They do it for the love of the game and for the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young people. Mohamed is a shining example of a grassroots coach!”
He will be recognized at the 2019 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on January 12, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.
“I feel honored to win this award,” Ouchikh said. “Winning this award means a lot to me, and it puts pressure on me to keep improving to be a better coach.”
To read the official US Youth Soccer announcement:
MSYSA is a US Youth Soccer National State Association and is affiliated with both US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. The mission of MSYSA is to serve as the primary advocate for youth soccer in the state. MSYSA is dedicated to offering the highest quality soccer education, player development and programs while fostering sportsmanship, fitness, diversity, teamwork and passion for the game.
BGE HOME Teams With United Way to Deliver “A Gift of Warmth” To Local Families
Home service provider to donate new high-efficiency heating systems to families in need
By PRESS OFFICER
BALTIMORE (Nov. 19, 2018)—Three families will receive a much-welcomed gift just in time for the holiday season—a new high-efficiency heating system—thanks to the “A Gift of Warmth” program sponsored by BGE HOME, United Way of Central Maryland, and United Way of Frederick County. Nominations are being accepted until Sunday, December 2. To nominate families in need of “A Gift of Warmth,” visit bgehome.com/warmth and share their story.
“The assurance of a warm home through the winter months is a comfort that cannot be overstated,” said Tamla Olivier, president & CEO of BGE HOME. “BGE HOME is proud to team with United Way for the fourth consecutive year to ensure deserving members of our community can count on reliable heating during the holidays and beyond.”
Homeowners in BGE HOME’s Maryland service territory are eligible. Winners will be announced in mid-December. BGE HOME and United Way have teamed up to help 13 families through the program since its inception in 2015.
“‘A Gift of Warmth’ is a terrific example of how BGE HOME shares our commitment to improving lives and communities,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “United Way is proud to partner with BGE HOME so that families in need can stay safe and warm this winter.”
The heating systems will be donated by Trane and Carrier, and installed by certified BGE HOME technicians.
BGE HOME will also assist with select heating related calls to the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline this holiday season. United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline provides unique community information referral services to people in need of food, shelter, job resources, health care, child care and other vital services. The 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline is one of four 2-1-1 call centers in Maryland, and is available 24/7 in 150 languages. Anyone can dial 2-1-1 for free, confidential help.
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Like Neighbors Launches Merry Meals Program Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC
Program aims to provide families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses in the Greater Washington, DC area with holiday gift cards and more
By Judy O’Connor
GAITHERSBURG, MD (November 13, 2018)—Like Neighbors, an online platform created to help people support one another in meaningful, tangible ways, is pleased to announce the launch of its first annual Merry Meals Program. The program, which began November 13 and runs through December 31, 2018, offers an easy, affordable way for participants nationwide to donate meal gift cards to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC.
“The Merry Meals Program provides a unique opportunity for people nationwide to brighten the holidays for families navigating some very serious medical challenges,” said Judy O’Connor, founder and CEO of Like Neighbors. “Gift cards donated will be used to provide a special Thanksgiving dinner for the families, will be given directly to families as holiday gifts, and will also be used to provide dinners to residents on an as-needed basis throughout the season. Thanks to the Merry Meals Program, these families won’t have to worry about finding the time, energy or money for a hot, delicious dinner while caring for a critically ill child.”
A special care campaign has been set up on the Like Neighbors platform (LikeNeighbors.com) with more information on how to purchase the gift cards, which start at just $25.
“We aim to make each Ronald McDonald House ‘home for the holidays’ for all our families, and meals are an important part of this effort,” said Dustin Davis, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC’s Director of Operations. “Lodging is covered during a child’s medical treatment, but we depend upon the kindness of donors and volunteers to provide meals. This time of year in particular, the gift of a donated meal lets our families know that others truly care and want to make their holidays a little happier.”
Like Neighbors (LikeNeighbors.com) is an online gift registry for people navigating any life challenge, from bringing home a new baby, to battling a serious illness, recovering from surgery or grieving the loss of a loved one.
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