2002: William Forest Jr.

Bill Forest dedicated many hours supporting youth soccer programs in Austin. He’s built soccer fields worked on existing baseball, kickball, and practice areas to improve and/or provide places for youth to play sports. He helped get a sprinkler system at Zilker Park. He also helped develop the Southeast Travis County Park and Northeast Metropolitan Park as well as the CAYSA facility in Manor. For many years Bill transported at-risk youth from East Austin to play soccer at various other sites while trying to get parents involved to build programs at their home schools. Bill developed the Soccer Start program for “at-risk” youth in the Austin area, which influenced programs at the state and national levels. Bill has received the Optimist of the Year from the Optimist Club of University Hills 1986-87; the President’s Award from South Texas Youth Soccer, and other honors from individual clubs. Bill has also served as a coach, mentor, and referee.