Congratulating Pat Trippley-Demiranda (center) are Michael Curry,
principal at Vanguard & chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Union Foundation;
Rob Smith, JR., vice president of soccer development and community relations
for the Philadelphia Union and assistant director of the Foundation; Steve Piltch, headmaster of The Shipley School; and Rick Jacobs, vice president of business development for the Union and executive director of the Foundation.
Pat Trippley-Demiranda was recently honored by the Philadelphia Union Foundation with its Building Block Award at the inaugural Cocktails & Cleats celebration. In addition to being a Neumann student in the Organizational and Strategic Leadership master’s degree program, Pat is the co-founder and chairperson of the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation (WTYDF).
The foundation was created to honor the memory of Pat’s son, William H. Trippley III, who was tragically killed in Chester in 2004. William, a college soccer player, was 20 years old when he was fatally shot.
“My son had been playing soccer since he was six years old. He made the national team and played at Shipley School. After he was killed, myself and some of his best friends wanted to do something to keep his legacy open. We created the soccer league,” Pat explained.
The foundation offers at-risk youth a year round program focusing on education and soccer. Today the program serves more than 400 children. Pat believes that her son William would be very supportive of her work.
“He would be proud. He loved children and one summer he taught the kids in the city soccer,” she said.
In addition to her involvement with the foundation, Pat is also a founding partner of the Chester City United – the club soccer organization for the City of Chester.
The honor from the Union took Pat by surprise.
“It was so overwhelming to me. I didn’t do my work in this community for anything in return. I do it because I love the kids and want to teach them the game of soccer,” she said.
Pat, who will complete her Neumann degree next year, has worked at the Wallingford Post Office for the past 29 years. She lives in Chester with her husband Creighton Demiranda.
“I always had a dream of getting my master’s degree. I saw an ad for Neumann in the paper and thought this is where God has led me.”
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