The purpose of RISA shall be the promotion, regulation and development of amateur soccer in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Its purpose shall also be to resolve all questions and controversies of all affiliated members of RISA. In resolving these questions and controversies, the intent of the rules and bylaws of the USSF and FIFA shall apply.
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The USASA Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor those individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth of adult amateur soccer in the United States. Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame include administrators, players, coaches and referees who have provided distinguished service to the USASA by contributing toward the development and advancement of adult amateur soccer at the national or regional level. Candidates may be either active or inactive in adult amateur soccer when nominated and selected individuals are inducted at the USASA AGM in the fall of each year.
Each year US Adult Soccer has the privilege of honoring a select few of our members by inducting them into the USASA Hall of Fame. These members have made a significant effort to support and advance adult soccer in the United States and will be celebrated this September at USASA's AGM in Aurora, CO.
This Year's inductee happens to be our own RISA president David Borts.
Since 1960 when David first put on a pair of wooden cleated boots in Colindale, England, he’s been in love with the beautiful game of soccer. Returning to the US as a ten-year-old athlete who played all sports but loved one, he became a developer and builder of soccer. There were no youth academies, and only one pee-wee soccer league in Rhode Island. So he became the kid on the bike with a pair of cleats and a ball always looking for players and pick-up games around Providence. When he went to high school, there were not teams, so he founded one.
He went on to play college soccer, and after graduating, played for all the top amateur teams in Rhode Island. As his playing days dwindled, he continued keeping the flame of soccer development in RI going. He got involved in administration and served as a president, committee member and coach. He has been a mentor and advisor for hundreds of young players. He is a top-level administrator, builder and friend of soccer. In 1977, David founded the Multi-National American Soccer Club (MASC) which he managed, coached and played for through 90s.
ln 1989, David Borts was elected President of the Rhode Island International Soccer League a 12- team league, which had foreign country founders. He served in the capacity until 1992.
In 1992, David was elected as Vice-President Rhode Island Soccer Adult Association (RISA) serving in this capacity and as a USSF delegate until 1999.
ln 1999, he was elected President of RISA and continues in this job today.
ln 2001 -2016, David founded and acted as President of the RI Oceaneers Youth Futsal League.
ln 2008, he was appointed by the USSF to its Appeals Committee and continues to serve.
ln 2010, David Borts was appointed chairperson of the USASA Special Governance Committee. Then, he was later appointed chairperson of the USASA Governance Committee under both chairperson jobs. He was responsible for leading the process of updating and reforming USASA by-laws to follow the conclusions of the Summit, and the request of the NBOD to modernize governmental structure of USASA.
A husband, father and grandfather, David continues to increase awareness to the game of soccer to everyone he meets.
Congrats on this great achievement!
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