If you are a soccer coach in the northeast, you are probably registered to attend or at a minimum, know about the Soccer Champions Coaches Clinic at Mohegan Sun this upcoming weekend: http://soccerchampionsclinic.com/site/ The clinic takes place annually at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. It features guest lectures, presentations and live demonstrations for the very best in the sport of soccer from around the world. Over 1,000 coaches come to southeastern Connecticut each year to learn new concepts and skills, network with fellow coaches and shop! That's right, coaches come to shop in the exhibitor hall, where over 30 companies host a booth to display their products and services.
We are proud to be one of those 30 companies, which gives us the opportunity to connect with coaches. It is a great setting for coaches to investigate products and services, offered by companies that may be able to help build and strengthen their programs. Instead of fielding cold calls, receiving incessant emails or sifting through countless social media ads, coaches are able to experience products and services in real time and ask direct questions to the people selling them. We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for all coaches and one they should take advantage of. As a leading fundraising and sports marketing company for soccer teams in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic, that is why we prepare, set up our booth and bring our entire team to this great event each year. We look forward to meeting as many coaches as possible. In addition to being able to present our services, we are able to engage in meaningful conversations with coaches, which allows us to learn and get better each and every year.
In addition to all the coaches we get to meet in the exhibit hall, we will be hosting annual coaches' social. This typically takes place during the lunch hours on Friday at Lansdowne Pub. This year, we will be hosting our social at Avalon Nightclub (Lansdowne's sister property next door) on Friday night from 6-7PM. We are offering food and refreshments to any interested soccer coaches. All you have to do is visit our booth (booth #206) to register and you are welcome to enjoy an hour of free food, refreshments and networking with your fellow coaches. For any boys' soccer coaches from Connecticut, you get to stay and join your colleagues for the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association (CSCA) Annual Dinner Meeting. As a proud CSCA sponsor, we hope to see as many coaches in attendance as possible.
On August 23, 2017 NFP Sports Co-Founder, James Thomson presented Montville high school senior, Kristiyana Petrova, with the NFP Sports Top Seller Scholarship from the 2013/2014 school year. The presentation was made at CorePlus Credit Union's headquarters in Norwich, CT.
Petrova earned this award by selling frozen cheesecakes for the Montville High School Girls' Lacrosse team during her freshman year. This statewide achievement is given annually to a student who raised the most money for their team selling fundraising products. Petrova sold 120 cheesecakes during of the team's two week fundraising campaign.
From the beginning of the fundraiser, Petrova was dedicated to selling her product. In an interview with The Day, she mentioned “I was so passionate, not about cheesecakes — but selling them”. Her passion was rooted from a young age when she moved to America with her mother at the age of seven. She always set goals and consistently surpassed the limits she set.
"Kristiyana's story is inspiring. To know that her performance during one of our campaigns inspired her to set her sights higher and accomplish many other things during her high school career is heartwarming,” said Thomson. “I believe I speak for everyone at NFP Sports when I say that she embodies what being a High Impact Performer is all about. We look forward to seeing her go onto great things in college and beyond”.
Since her amazing fundraising performance, Kristyana has worked three part-time jobs, in addition to her studies. She graduated from Montville High School this past June.
By becoming the Top Seller for her year, Petrova earned a $1,000 scholarship towards her college career. She is off to study at Babson College this fall, where she looks forward to studying all facets of business.
We wish Kristiyana the very best at Babson College and beyond! Keep up the great work!
On July 20, 2017 NFP Sports Co-Founder, James Thomson presented R & K Spero Company with NFP Sports’s High Impact Discount Partner of the Year award for the 2016-2017 school year.
R & K Spero Company has partnered with NFP Sports for the past 17 years. The company consistently offers promotional discounts for high school fundraisers located around the state.
Owner/operator, Dick Spero accepted the award on the company’s behalf expressing his company’s support for youth sports and the community at large. “The students are our business. Sports teams need funding and we are proud to be a part of this program”, said Spero.
R & K Spero Company, Inc. own and operate eleven McDonald’s locations along the shoreline and eastern Connecticut, spanning from New Haven to Montville. Their first McDonald’s location was founded in 1980 in Clinton, CT and celebrated its 37th anniversary on July 8th.
At the award presentation, Dick Spero mentioned his pride for his employees and company. “We have really enjoyed working with our people. We have some of the best employees of any organization,” said Spero. “We started this many years ago and we have standards. Those standards have been performed over the years”.
James Thomson of NFP Sports had the following to say about the partnership between NFP Sports and R & K Spero Company, “R & K Spero Company has been part of our program from the beginning. They have been willing partners in this great program that we have developed over the years. They are a great example of a successful company, contributing to youth and high school sports. Through the power of the McDonald's brand, our teams have benefited from their loyalty and support. We are proud to present them with this award. It is well deserved."
R & K Spero Company is excited for some of the changes McDonald’s is initiating to enhance their customers’ experiences. Relaunching their mobile app will be the first of multiple changes. This application will allow customers to create an order 24 hours prior to their desired pickup time. In addition, the app will allow customers to pay using their devices and pick up their order either inside the restaurant or in the drive thru.
The McDonald’s establishments will also add digital menu boards to their drive thru’s at their restaurants.
Congratulations to R & K Spero Company for being the High Impact Discount Partner for 2016-2017. We look forward to working together to support high school and youth sports in Connecticut for years to come!
Old Saybrook Boys' Soccer is the NFP High Impact Team of the Year for boys' soccer for the 2016-17 school year.
The Old Saybrook Rams boys’ soccer program had a tremendous season in 2016 and it started with their fundraiser. The team raised over $6,000, selling the NFP Sports “Rams” Premium Discount Card, which was the most out of any boys’ soccer team in the state during the 2016-17 school year.
The Old Saybrook Boys’ Soccer team has fundraised using NFP Sports products for 17 years. Coached by Old Saybrook High School Alum, Sam Barnes, the team sees a correlation between their fundraising efforts and their efforts on the field.
“Everything we do extra in the program is paid for by the benefits of the Rams Card,” said Barnes. “We always set goals and push them to be the best they can be”.
Throughout these years, the team has created a connection between the players, the local businesses and the community overall. Barnes is a member of the Old Saybrook police department and has deep connections in the community.
“Most of [the businesses] are interactive and like seeing the kids come in. Everyone who comes in loves the discount”, said Barnes.
Sam Barnes is going into his 22nd season as the head boys’ soccer coach at Old Saybrook High School, with a career record of 213-134-43. 2017 was the best season in the program’s history, going 16-0-2 in the regular season, winning their first ever Shoreline Conference Championship and making it to the Class S State Championship Game.
“It’s not a surprise that this team was #1 for boys’ soccer. Coach Barnes has a high standard for his teams and understands that whether it’s fundraising, off season conditioning, in the classroom or on the field, that commitment is universal,” said said NFP Sports’ James Thomson.
After working with Coach Barnes for 17 years, Thomson mentioned that, “NFP consistently see our best performing teams translate that success over to the field or court. It was a real treat to have a small share in the special season that they had. It truly makes what we do that much sweeter. We appreciate the support from all of the participating businesses and members of the Old Saybrook community that supported the team by purchasing a Rams card.”
The Old Saybrook Rams will start their fundraising campaign for this season at the end of August. We look forward to kicking off another great season with them!
On July 20, 2017, NFP Sports Co-Founder, James Thomson presented Old Saybrook High School incoming senior, Sebastiano Gallitto with the NFP Sports’s Top Seller Scholarship award for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship is a statewide achievement given annually to a student who raised the most money for their team selling fundraising products.
Gallitto was the top selling student in the state of Connecticut out of 150 teams and over 6,000 student athletes.
The Old Saybrook High School Boys’ Soccer team has annually sold the NFP Sports “Rams” Premium Discount Card. The product offers discounts to local businesses in the town and around the state.