Supporting a Good Cause: 2020 Sammo Memorial Golf Event
A worthwhile fundraising event to help players with special needs enjoy soccer, the 2020 Sammo Memorial Golf Event raises funds for TopSoccer in the USA and Ayrshire Sportsability in Scotland.
New Jersey Youth Soccer proudly supported the Sammo Memorial Golf Event in 2019, with their third annual outing set to take place on April 24, 2020, at the Minebrook Golf Club in Hackettstown, N.J. The event is held in memory of former New Jersey soccer trainer and administrator David “Sammo” Samson, who tragically passed away from natural causes in 2016.
“The Sammo Memorial Golf Outing has proven to be a fun day of golf and laughs,” said Alan McClintock, event organizer and the Director of Soccer at United Soccer Academy. “It reunites old friends and forms new friendships within the local soccer community, all whilst fittingly remembering our good friend David Samson ‘Sammo’ and raising money for two valuable youth organizations.”
One of the beneficiaries of the Sammo Memorial Golf Event is NJYS TOPSoccer, a community-based training program that is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with special needs.
Additionally, funds are being contributed to Ayrshire Sportsability, where Sammo worked in Scotland before moving to the United States. Ayrshire Sportsability gives people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activities.
“NJ Youth Soccer is so appreciative of the generous donation from the Sammo Memorial Golf Event,” said Evan Dabby, NJ Youth Soccer Executive Director.
“This event admirably supports a great person, David Samson, who gave so much of himself to the sport.”Evan Dabby, NJ Youth Soccer Executive Director
“We are honored to dedicate these contributions to help players with special needs enjoy soccer throughout the state,” said Dabby.
After arriving from Scotland, Samson worked with United Soccer Academy for more than 10 years. Based on Sammo’s love of golf, the Memorial Golf Event in his name was launched in 2018.
On the track for success: Participation in the New Jersey youth soccer golf fundraiser is on the rise. After 66 attendees played in the inaugural outing, that number increased to 88 participants in the 2019 event. Many of the attendees are connected to soccer in some form, including coaches, players, board members, and club owners.