PHOTO COURTESY OF FAIRBANKS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

PHOTO COURTESY OF FAIRBANKS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

This article appears in the Pacific Northwest edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine. Join USA Lacrosse today to start your subscription.

Colt Chase is a single father of four in Fairbanks, the second-largest city in Alaska and a destination for those chasing the northern lights or the midnight sun.

The executive director of the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), Chase has helped the community-based organization thrive. Geographically isolated from other major cities, Fairbanks relies on its residents to give everything a neighborhood feel. That extends to youth sports.

“A lot of what we do is planned solely around the local community or in-house programs,” Chase said.

Soccer was thriving around town. Under Chase’s guidance, the FYSA organizes youth and adult indoor soccer leagues. There’s a 52-acre grass field facility right in the middle of town, and the FYSA can rent the space for “practically nothing” because it absorbs all the maintenance expenses, Chase said.

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