These articles were published last year in the Seattle Times. They recount the roots and recent history of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association. From its humble roots in 1971 to the bitter internal struggles of 2004, the organization has had a checkered history that includes legalized gambling (bingo), disastrous business decisions, intra-association lawsuits and board meetings so contentious that they required armed guards.
Is this really the kind of organization you want in control of your community parks? Is this the kind of behavior that we want our children to learn by example?
Read the stories on the Seattle Times and decide for yourself:
Sept 4 2004: Teen reinstated to soccer team; was banned after dad's touchy questions
Sept 9 2004: Court reinstates soccer association's board
Nov 11 2004: Eastside soccer group is expelled
Nov 12 2004: Adults' bitter squabbles foil youth-soccer association