‘RESPECT THE REFS’ MESSAGE TO BE DISPLAYED AT ST. LOUIS AREA SOCCER FACILITIES AND ONLINE TO REMIND PARENTS AND COACHES THAT REFEREES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF A POSITIVE YOUTH SPORTS ENVIRONMENT
ST. LOUIS – August 23, 2022 – The St. Louis Sports Commission announces the launch of a new initiative called Let ‘em Play designed to reverse disturbing trends of referee abuse that have led to a severe shortage of referees in youth sports. The program is aimed at reminding youth sports parents, coaches, fans, and players that referees are to be respected and unsportsmanlike behavior toward officials is unacceptable. With the support of the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA), the Let ‘em Play program is underway at soccer venues throughout the St. Louis region and several youth soccer clubs were quick to jump on board. “Respect the Refs” is the primary refrain seen on banners at soccer venues, combined with an online presence and social media engagement to show support for referees and reinforce the message that referees are essential for kids to enjoy the benefits of playing a sport.
VIVERITO CONCLUDES A 27-YEAR RUN AS PRESIDENT; SPORTS COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT MARC SCHREIBER WILL TAKE THE REINS OF THE ORGANIZATION IN 2023
ST. LOUIS – Aug. 3, 2022 – St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito announced today he will retire from his position on Dec. 31, 2022, concluding more than 27 years leading the organization. Viverito will continue at the organization in a senior advisory role. Current Vice President of Marketing & Development Marc Schreiber will become the organization’s third president next year.