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About Camden Youth Soccer Club

Camden Youth Soccer Club (CYSC) is a recreational program open to boys and girls ages 4 to 14. CYSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating since 2003 with the help of volunteers, donations, and support from New Jersey Youth Soccer.

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Camden Youth Soccer Club to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of Camden's youth through the sport of soccer at all ages and levels of competition. The purpose of this organization is to promote and develop the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, fair play, responsibility, and team work, through a semi-competitive soccer program and in accordance with New Jersey Youth Soccer guidelines.

Goals of the Program

  • Increase children's self-esteem through participation in an organized and supportive program of team activities
  • Build positive social and life skills
  • Provide important exercise and increase awareness of one's own health through sports
  • Provide programs that are not available in the schools
  • Provide programs to encourage children that sports are an alternative to crime and can keep them off the streets

Meet the Board

Gerald van WilgenPresident
Gerald is a native of the Netherlands, and a firm believer in the educational and developmental values of soccer. Although he is a Philadelphia Union season ticket holder and supporter, his soccer heart pumps the red and white of Feyenoord, Rotterdam. Gerald volunteers for CYSC because he believes everybody should have a chance to not only play, but also properly learn the game.

Calista CondoVice President
Calista started coaching recreational soccer with Deptford Township in 2004. She first became involved with CYSC as a volunteer coach in 2014, and believes in cultivating each individual player by focusing on basic skills and the mechanics of the game. Calista, who also goes by Calie, grew up playing soccer and continues to play whenever she's not coaching. Calista is a School Based Enrollment Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, serving youth in South Jersey and Southeastern PA. She is also a freelance photographer for The South Jersey Times.

Jerry JeromeTreasurer
Jerry began his youth soccer career coaching the Cherry Hill Soccer Club for 23 years and he was instrumental in the formation of CYSC. He has served as president of the South Jersey Soccer League, Vice President of NJYS, Program Head of the NJYS Olympic Development program, and NJYS South Area Recreation Commissioner. In 1993, Jerry was named Coach of the Year by both NJYS and US Youth Soccer. He was also elected to the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997 and the NJYS Hall of Fame in 2011.

Angel M. OsorioCorresponding Secretary
Thirteen years ago, Angel helped CYSC to bring soccer into the city of Camden. She has worked for the last 10 years as a community outreach and prevention specialist, and has experience in the design and implementation of youth programming. Angel is the Executive Director of the Camden District Council Collaborative Boards (DCCBs) and she currently teaches a class at Rutgers University in their Urban Studies department.

Laurie BurtonRecording Secretary, Webmaster
Laurie first became involved with CYSC as a volunteer coach in 2008, and she now designs and maintains the CYSC website. Laurie is an Associate Director of Creative Strategy & Design at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. When she's not on the field or behind a desk, she can be found on the rink skating for South Jersey's co-ed roller derby team.