Knoxville Football Club

Mark has served on the Board of Directors of the Knoxville Football Club, a competitive soccer club founded in 2000 based upon the founders’ desire to teach life lessons through soccer.  From its inception, with one team and twelve players, the Club has grown to over 280 boys and girls from the ages of five to sixteen.  The Club’s commitment is to use its resources to provide world-class training, develop first-rate facilities, and engender a passionate love for the game of soccer.  While the players, coaches and staff strive to succeed at the highest possible level, the development of the player as a person is emphasized first and foremost.

The Club is a nonprofit entity that qualifies as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) organization of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Club strives to make its programs available to all youth players who have a sincere desire to learn to play soccer at a competitive level, and the Club has an active scholarship committee that makes financial aid available to those who need financial assistance to participate in the Club’s programs.  The Club is governed by a board of directors that meets on a regular basis, and the day-to-day activities of the Club are overseen by a full-time director of coaching.

The Club’s first full season was the 2000-2001 playing year, when the Club had five active teams.  Each year the Club has added teams, so that by the 2004-2005 playing year, the Club fielded over 20 teams.  The Club hired Gary Hindley, one of the leading soccer coaches in the United States, as its director of coaching in 2002, and all of its teams are coached by licensed coaches, most of whom hold at least a D license granted by the Tennessee State Soccer Association.  In 2004, the Club was honored to have one of its players, Brandon Tarr, selected to the U-15 National Team.  The Club hosted its first tournament in 2003, and the Club now plans to host two tournaments each year, one in the spring season and one in the fall season.  In five years, the Club has quickly grown into one of the leading soccer clubs in the State of Tennessee.

The Club’s primary training and game fields are located at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Lakeshore Park has two large game fields, one small game field and several smaller practice areas.  The Club has also leased fields adjacent to Arstein Jewish Community Center and has developed additional practice areas adjacent to the Knoxville Adaptive Center.