It all began with a phone call. In the mid 1980’s, Dave received a call from John Hamor, at that time Community Relations Director for the New York Power Authority. He wanted Dave to manage a soccer camp at Mine Kill State Park. Dave had never been to Mine Kill, so he drove out to the park (45 minutes each way) to meet with John and view the facilities.
When Dave and John met in person, they realized they had something in common. They both had graduated from SUNY Oneonta. Although the trek to Mine Kill was an adventure, Dave was amazed with the park facilities, which included a pool and diving tank. The current two soccer fields were not constructed yet, the staff of four had to use the outside of the softball field for the camp. Soon after, with support from the New York Power Authority and Mine Kill State Park, the first field was constructed. A special thank you goes out to Ron Janneck, the park manager who volunteered his time (during off hours) to run the bulldozer to make the field a reality, and to John.
The first couple years the camp at Mine Kill grew from one week to two. The discussion to expand the camps to other locations began with John suggesting the creation of a non-for-profit organization to secure sponsors for each camp held. In the fall of 1989, Headwaters was born, with many of the first board members still active with the club today. The first Headwaters camp was held in Delhi (1990) where 52 children attended. Year after year, camps were added at different locations to bring the camp total to seven and attracting over 1,000 youth annually. Headwaters has educated over 26,000 area youth in the world’s most popular sport over the clubs 30 year history.
Headwaters also operated many other programs throughout the clubs 30 years with many still on-going: the Men’s and Women’s Adult League in Oneonta and Mine Kill, Co-Ed Adult League in Oneonta, the Powerade Indoor Soccer Series for Youth, Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, Powerade Indoor Soccer & Swim Festival for Youth, Two Charity Golf Tournaments, the Mine Kill State Park High School Tournament, Women’s College Outdoor Tournament, and many clinics for area youth.
In 2003, another historical achievement materialized. The combined effort of the New York Power Authority, Headwaters Soccer Club and the Army National Guard constructed the second soccer field at Mine Kill. The 204th battalion of the Army National Guard used the construction as a training exercise for the next three summers. Over 75 soldiers used the project to sharpen their skills in operating heavy construction equipment and to cross-train in engineering, building and construction techniques. The cost to the club? The New York Power Authority provided the fuel and materials needed … all labor was donated. Not bad to level an entire hill for a soccer field (Kaatskill Life: Spring 2009 edition).
Headwaters is successful due to the tremendous support from not only the sponsors, but people like you. Headwaters has touched thousands of lives, you being one.
Thank you for your support.
“It’s all about the kids”