Month: January 2010

Universal Youth Foundation

The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the “For Kicks Organization” and the Universal Youth Foundation. The photo at the left shows Sargent Steve Hicks with Universal Youth Chairman Mario Cortellucci to the left and Toronto Azzurri President Bob Iarusci to the right of Sargent Hicks.

Press conference Letter

The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the “For Kicks Organization” and the Universal Youth Foundation.

For almost 40 years, the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club has buil;t a reputation of developing top teams, top players and top coaches.  In 2008 our under 16 team represented Ontario in the Nationals and our technical director, Carmine Isacco led York University to it’s first national CIS title in 21 years.

Our club realizes that successful programs are a result of a strong club vision and a vibrant membership.  Today, our base membership in our Summer Youth Development Program at York University and the Azzurri Village features over 800 boys and girls ages 4 – 14 years.

Our motto “to teach soccer and build character” also reaches out to every child in our immediate community. Over the past three years, the Toronto Azzurri and the For Kicks Organization under the supervision of Sergeant Steve Hicks of 31 division has allowed many young children from challenged parents in our neighborhood to build character through the great game of soccer.

It is fitting therefore that the Universal Youth Foundation led by Mario Cortellucci has recognized our efforts and has agreed to support this worthwhile initiative.  The Universal Youth Foundation is committed to providing educational assistance to children and youth in need throughout the world by funding schools, teachers and leaders in the communities witrh a goal of creating and inspriring those that are assisted a chance for a better life under better conditions and hopefully become leaders of their community.

On behalf of the Azzurri organization, I am very excited about working with Steve Hicks and Mario Cortellucci to initiate many sports, recreational and educational events that will directly contribute to our common cause.


Distinguished Members of the Media, members of the Board of the Universal Youth Foundation and Toronto Azzurri, players, friends Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud of to be here to day to outline and recognize the success of theprogram “For Kicks” organized by Sergeant Steve Hicks of the Toronto Police 31st Division in cooperation with the Toronto Azzurri and sponsored by the Universal Youth Foundation.

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Dealing with Overly Helpful Soccer Parents

Although it is massively important that the soccer parents attend their children’s soccer games and soccer training in order to offer support and encouragement, it can become very annoying when they start getting overly helpful. This can become very disruptive and contribute to upsetting the well laid out plans that you have worked hard on refining. When a witnesses another parent giving instructions to players it is natural for some of them to start doing the same. This can severely disrupt the children’s concentration while driving them crazy in the process.

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Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village Update

2014 the year that one of the club’s key missions has been realized with the opening of the LiUNA Clubhouse at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village. This milestone continues to highlight Toronto Azzurri as one of Canada’s premiere sport organizations.
The Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village will allow the local Community youth to learn and play the game of soccer on a quality facility in a safe, organized and supervised environment. The youth will receive lessons in skill development, character building, self esteem, health and fitness by former professional and semi-professional players who have preserved a great passion for the game of soccer and sport in general.