Debbie Rios

Debbie Rios

Nominated by Pedro Gutierrez

Debbie coaches three youth soccer teams and has also taken on coaching an elite team for the Chicago Rush. Debbie has created a culture around her teams that sees players excited for practice and one of the most impactful programs that Debbie has started is a player mentoring program where older players are assigned a younger player and they attend each other’s games with the older player providing a strong role model for the younger player.

Debbie also began using social media to further inspire and motivate her players by posting videos of them completing skills and challenging other players to master that skill.

Debbie makes an effort to also attend the high school games for her players and she does all this outside of having a fulltime job. Debbie has become a role model for every girl that she comes into contact with.


Susan Fritz

Susan Fritz

Nominated by Hannah Nicolet & Ashley Gonsler

Susan is actively involved in her local community where she sits on the Board of a small local theatre, Theatre Above the Law, in which she actively promotes and assists in raising funds for the program.  Susan is the commissioner of a local free winter football league, where she creates schedules, handles field and referee bookings and communicates with teams as well as hosting post game social activities after each weekend’s games. Susan has also volunteered to manage a small plot in her neighborhood community garden where she is responsible for planting and maintaining the garden.  

Susan also volunteers her time as a Board Member for Girls in the Game where she plans and executes events to raise money and promote this program, while also attending events with the girls, she also participates in a mentoring program for local high school girls with a focus on assisting them through the college application process. 

Susan’s other passion is animals, she constantly has a foster pup staying in her home while they await adoption. She also finds time to participate on the grant writing team for ALIVE Rescue as well as showing up to the shelter to walk dogs and help out where needed.

Susan dedicates every spare minute she has to giving back to her local community and demonstrating that there are opportunities out there for those who seek them


Stephanie Creed

Stephanie Creed

Nominated by Kristina Hunter

Stephanie was first inspired to find a way to bring reading to underprivileged youth when she was a school teacher in rural South Carolina and saw how those children benefited from being able to use a love of reading to escape certain aspects of their life and explore the world while not having to leave home. Stephanie was awarded the Teacher of the Year in her district for her work encouraging the children to read.

Since leaving the teaching profession Stephanie continued to find ways to encourage others to read and started We Are CREED, an organization to support literacy with a goal to Create Remarkable Effects Every Day. While still a small, the organization has given Barnes & Noble gift cards to over 100 foster children, completed book floods for domestic abuse shelters and classrooms in the Chicagoland area and continues to foster awareness on the value of becoming a lifelong reader.


Maddie Bukoski

Nominated by Hannah Krey & Lucy Fitterer

Maddie works every day to be an inspiration to her teammates and those in her school and local community.  Maddie has a reputation of always giving 110% at practice and leading by example, especially for the younger players. 

Maddie has initiated various projects at her school to foster a positive environment and encourage others to give back. She has participated in reading programs for young children, coached at numerous youth camps and clinics and also started a collection of cleats and goalie gloves that were sent to Africa for children who were not able to access those items.