Celebrating the Reason for the Season!

It tends to be a hustle-and-bustle time of the year! At ANSA, we, too, are often very busy, planning, preparing, and scheduling (as you can see as you read below!). That being said, may we all slow down a little bit to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season and that because of His great love for us, we can love others well this holiday -- and always! We truly wish you and yours the best this Christmas!
 In His Great Love,
Marcelo
Marcelo Galvao 
Executive Director
TRULY THANKFUL!
A special thanks to all who helped make our Thanksgiving lunch such a special treat at our game day on Nov. 18th at HCC Stafford fields. A special shout out to Stoller Foundation and Stoller Group employees who participated and to ANSA families who brought food to share!
COACH SPOTLIGHT
Meet Coach Ezequiel Garcia
Coach Ezequiel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up playing soccer in Argentina and in Houston.  He played college soccer in Dallas and finished his studies at the University of Houston. He has been coaching soccer for five years. Coach Ezequiel currently works as a middle school math teacher and soccer coach for Fort Bend ISD. We are glad to have Coach Ezequiel as part of Team ANSA!
ANSA DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE NEWS
Developmental Play-Off Games are this Saturday, Dec. 16th, beginning at 10 a.m. at FBA Warrior Field at 6711 Long Point in Houston. This is the last game day of 2017. Come out, enjoy, and cheer on your participating ANSA teams!
Developmental soccer practices will resume the week of January 8th, 2018. Please check with your site coordinator or coach to confirm start times and days. Any questions? Contact Coach Thiago at soccer@ansacademy.org
ANSA COMPETITIVE HAPPENINGS
Congratulations to the 07 Boys Navy team who has worked hard and has had many amazing games this season. They took first place in their division at STYSA Districts. Thanks to Coach Ezequiel and parents, like Jean Carlos Vasquez (pictured above), for all your time and effort with bringing this team together!
A big congratulations to the 02 Boys team who took first place in STYSA Division 2 Finals after winning all three of their matches. The final was a nail biter, coming back from being behind, and scoring in the final seconds to end 2-1. Well done, boys, coaches, and parents! 
COMPETITIVE TRAINING is on this week (Dec. 11-14) and all are encouraged to BRING A FRIEND. 2018 competitive training will start back up the week of Jan. 15th with "BRING A FRIEND" nights again AND with prizes awarded to the ANSA player who brings the most friends to practice. 
Mark your calendars, Coaches!  Saturday, Jan. 6th from 1-5 p.m. a special ANSA Staff Summit will be held at the Chinese Baptist Church at 900 Brogden in Houston.   Competitive Team Managers will meet on Sun., Jan. 14th at 5 p.m. (location: TBA). Any questions? Contact Director of Soccer Operations, Andy Smith, at  andy@ansacademy.org .
UPCOMING EVENTS
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
All are invited to come out and share in our Christmas Celebration at FBA Warrior Fields (6711 Long Point in Houston) this Saturday, Dec. 16th. Developmental league will have play-off games. All kids can participate in other fun activities. Lunch will be served for all players and families beginning at noon. RSVP HERE and let us know how many are coming.  
ANSA's annual fundraising dinner, Kids in Cleats , will be at the Houston Marriott - Energy Corridor on Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018 . Sponsorship opportunities are currently still available for this wonderful evening of celebration and appreciation. Click HERE for more information.
Houston Community Cup of Nations 2018

The Houston Community Cup of Nations futsal (indoor) tournament is coming up on April 7-8th for adults and 14-15th for youth at Houston Baptist University. The planning team has openings for additional members in the areas of social media, volunteer recruitment, church involvement, and event planning. Contact Roman Khripunov at roman@ansacademy.org for additional information.   
CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?
At ANSA, we believe in the power of prayer. In fact, we have an ANSA Prayer Team that is behind the scenes praying for you! If you have a prayer request or praise report, please send it to  prayer@ansacademy.org .  
Shopping online this holiday season?  When you shop at smile.amazon.com and select All Nations Sports as your charity of choice, ANSA will receive a small percentage of your total eligible purchases. If you are shopping using your phone or tablet, please access smile.amazon.com through your browser as the Amazon app does not support AmazonSmile. Every little bit adds up, so SHOP and SUPPORT ANSA at the same time!  
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