Stripping beneath the veneer of any successful team, one constant remains: The presence of at least one player that plays for the love of the game, at the pleasure of coaches, and with the respect of teammates.
Steve Halstead, a former club president, proved this to be true every day he volunteered. He was the consummate team player who understood that leadership was a gift offered by his peers; displayed best when in service of the soccer community, and honed by the repetitive pleasure of helping that community achieve a greater good. Such leadership succeeds because it is quiet, kind and selfless.
Honoring Steve by giving an award in his name rightly focuses on those traits in the consummate Twins player, one whose merit is in providing the intangible assist, whose presence is felt most when missing.
Hayley Gilbert’s unselfish service on and off the field is truly deserving of recognition with the first Steve Halstead Award. Hayley is proof that although one’s name may rarely appear in a box score, let alone in a headline, a person’s quiet, kind and selfless contributions make it possible for greater things to happen.
On Friday, June 14th, Hayley Gilbert, member of the graduating class of 2013 was presented with the 1st Annual Steve Halstead Award. She was presented with a plaque and financial gift by Lyn Halstead, former TCYSA Registrar and wife of the late Steve Halstead. Hayley most recently played on the 94 Lady Twins White team and has played with the club since 3rd grade. Next year, she will be going on to college at UNC Chapel Hill.
The TWINS board members and coaching staff would like to thank Hayley for the superb manner in which she has represented our club and also wish her the very best of luck moving forward.