When he was four years old, Todd Gette began playing soccer, but he never thought it would play a large part in his life.
But after a fulfilling career with the sport, Gette, now the general manager of Arvada’s EDGE Soccer Club, was inducted to the Colorado Soccer Association’s Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement and long-term dedication to the sector, Feb. 2.
“I was surprised and very honored,” Gette said. “It made me take a step back and realize what all I was involved with, it seems like you’re going through the same things (each season), and we really have done a lot of great things.”
Nominated by colleagues from CO soccer organizations, Gette was one of six individuals inducted to the Hall of Fame for their devotion and work with the sport and in the community.
Throughout his life, Gette was a part of the soccer community in Arvada, including being a part of the EDGE Soccer Club as a player, a volunteer, board member and through coaching.
But for Gette, the game was always more of a side project, and something he never expected to become a major aspect of his life.
“For a while, it was a fun side activity,” Gette said about his volunteerism and work with the EDGE’s board of directors. “This was just a little community, and as it got big and it began to change, I kind of melded with their thinking and made it (the club) into the organization it is today.”
Since joining the organization in 2000, Gette has helped transform the club from a recreational and competitive club, to a progressive organization with programs for children throughout the Arvada community.
“We’re proud of him, he’s done a lot with the transformation of youth soccer, kids with special needs, kids who are interested in playing at the next level, and kids who just want to play,” said Liz Tomsula, director of operations at EDGE Soccer Club
Over the last 14 years, Gette has developed a deep passion for kids and ensuring opportunities to play. From that passion he restructured the organization, creating programs that are challenging, exciting and competitive, keeping players interested in the sport and ensuring children of all ages, interest and skill levels can play and enjoy the sport of soccer.
“It was nice, there was nothing really here when I started, so I got to shape the organization the way I wanted, and grow the sport and involvement,” Gette said. “The whole landscape of soccer in Colorado has changed and we need to stay grounded and make sure this place is for the kids and not forget that.”
Outside of the organization, Gette enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and can’t wait for his grandchildren to start playing soccer.
“He loves youth soccer,” Tomsula said, “a lot of people think of their job as a job, it pays the bills, but with him, there is really an invested interest in this.”
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