The Mansfield University women's soccer program, under the director of head coach Tim Dempsey, has been named the Tioga County YMCA Community Partner of the Year Award for recognition of the program's participation and sponsorship of numerous activities with the Tioga County YMCA.

The award was presented to coach Dempsey and members of the women's soccer team during the 147th Annual River Valley Regional YMCA meeting held at the Genetti in Williamsport recently.

"The efforts of Tim and the Mansfield women's soccer program has been instrumental in our success since opening the Tioga County YMCA branch in Mansfield," said Elisabeth Miranda the Executive Director of the Tioga County Branch YMCA. "Their continuous efforts have made a significant impact on our YMCA, our role in the community and in accomplishing our Mission."

Dempsey and the Mansfield women's soccer program have been associated with the YMCA since it opened in Mansfield three years ago.

Its most successful project has been an annual soccer clinic for the YMCA youth soccer program, taking time out of their preseason camp to do so. The clinic annually draws more than 100 players, coaches and parents.

The association with the YMCA is just one of numerous community projects, including Healthy Kids Day, the Mountaineer soccer program is involved in during the course of the year. The soccer program also conducts an annual Tennis Ball Race in association with Alumni Weekend and donates more than $600 yearly from profits raised to the Mansfield Area United Fund.

MU women's soccer donated $150 to the YMCA Youth Soccer Program last year as well as donations in previous years to the area food bank and animal rescue.

It has also participated in the recently completed Sweep the Streets projected sponsored by the Mansfield University SAAC as well as the Mansfield University Relay for Life walk.

"I think it's just important for all of us to give back to the community we live in," said Dempsey. "It's important for me and it's a learning experience for our players who come to the realization that giving actually makes them feel good."