Submitted by FC Olympia

Artesian Soccer and The Oly Soccer Foundation are holding their third annual fundraising gala dinner which will be Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Nicole’s Bar Off Legion in downtown Olympia, Washington. Tickets are online at FC Olympia’s website.

Kasey Keller was announced Monday as the keynote speaker at the Oly Soccer Foundation Gala event.  Keller has a storied soccer past as a homegrown pro soccer player from Lacey, Washington going to school at North Thurston High School.

Keller went on to play for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) including several years in the English, German and Spanish professional soccer leagues.  He locally played for the MLS Seattle Sounders and retired there.  Keller was a standout college goalkeeper as well at division one University of Portland.

“We’re humbled by Kasey Keller speaking to our supporters at the Oly Soccer Foundation gala on March 23” said gala staffer Ryan Perkins.  “His career is really astonishing when you consider the amount of years he played professionally in Europe and how many appearances he made for the United States National Team.”

Joining Kasey Keller are guest speakers including former pro Reign FC player & Olympic Gold Medal Winner Stephanie Cox and City of Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder.

“Our purpose is to build up local soccer opportunities for kid’s and inspire the next generation of players” said Perkins. “From amazing high school and college athletes traveling in from all over the world to play USL soccer each summer to local youth summer camps and year around clinics.  We want to provide a next level space for our local youth soccer players to grow and achieve their soccer dreams.”

Soccer program scholarships are available to low-income families and those youth player families in hardship as well as FC Olympia providing free ticketing to kid’s during the USL soccer seasons.  Funds are also allocated to assist local soccer programs that are looking for sponsorship or donations to help buy gear ranging from youth to high school soccer teams.

The event is set to have a number of fundraising activities, dinner and a live band follows the conclusion of the event.  $40 gets you a ticket which is online ticketing only.  Dinner comes with your entry and a seat at some much-anticipated amazing soccer speakers. 

Head to FC Olympia’s website to get your gala ticket today.

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