Who's SAM? We at SAM are often told that people think SAM is a name, but really SAM is an acronym for the Soccer Association of Montgomery, a soccer organization for the youth in the upcounty. SAM is also not just a club/league, but it is actually so much more than that. SAM is a community of players, coaches, volunteers and parents all working towards providing kids with the safest and most enjoyable soccer experience possible.
SAM Soccer began in 2005 when a partnership between the Maryland SoccerPlex and Seneca Valley Sports was formed, the first season of play was in the Fall of 2006. Since that first season the program has more than quadrupled in size, from 2,853 to an anticipated 8,500+ in 2016.
This Fall SAM Soccer will be celebrating its 10th season of play. And as such we wanted to take a look at some reasons why SAM has become this great, flourishing community.
Top 10 Reason Why We LOVE SAM Soccer:
Programs - programs start as young as 2 years old
Location and fields - ALL games, clinics, camps and classes are held at the Maryland SoccerPlex
Coaches - we have some of the best and most experienced coaches in the business
Safety - all SAM coaches (paid and volunteer) receive full background checks with continual monitoring, a concussion course and the options to take coaching clinics
Developmental aspects - SAM is focused on player development and with that all of our programs feature age appropriate activites and games to develop the individual player and team as whole
Participation - ALL SAM players are guaranteed 50% playing time in our SAM Rec league, and with classes, clinics and camps players get 100% participation
Partners - SAM is fortunate enough to partner with Dick's Sporting Goods, Leidos, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Germantown Pulse and Orange Theory Fitness. These partnerships allow SAM to continue to provide free equipment, education courses,. uniforms for SAM Rec teams and so much more.
Leadership - SAM is headed up by Program Manager Gary Burke and Director of Programs Jimmy Escobar. The two have over 50 years of combined experience in the DC Metro Area. Gary is an A-licensed coach with USSF and Jimmy is a B-licensed coach.
Awesome Uniforms - this year SAM is releasing BRAND NEW international themed jerseys that are given to ALL SAM Rec players.
FUN - Becuase playing soccer IS FUN!
Got a favorite memory, picture or coach from your time in SAM? Tweet @SAMSoccer06 or @MDSoccerPlex with #WhosSAM.