Changing The Game Project

Coaching Staff Education Meeting:

Date: Thursday, September 28

Time: 12 Noon – 2:00pm (Full-Time Staff) – Meeting #1

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Full-Time Staff / Head Team Coach) – Meeting #2

Venue: Hyatt Place Hotel (The Woodlands)


(There is no training for the following groups:  Development Academy – Boys / Girls; Youth Academy; Competitive – The Woodlands, Kingwood, Montgomery, West.)


Personal Biography:

John O’Sullivan is an internationally known TEDx Speaker and the founder of the Changing the Game Project, which he started in 2012 in order to better educate parents, coaches and youth sports organizations and put some more “play” in playing sports.

John is a former collegiate and professional soccer player, and coached for 20 years on the youth, high school and college level. He has been an advisor and presenter for numerous sporting organizations across the globe, including US Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Swimming and Hockey, and he sits on the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance and the National Association for Physical Literacy. John is the author of two #1 bestselling books, and his blog gets nearly 5 million visits a year. His goal today is to start a discussion about changing the environment in youth sports so we can keep more kids active, healthy and involved in physical activity.

Gabi Gray – Kicked Cancer

After leaving the soccer field in November of 2015, Gabi has finally made her official return to the soccer field. She played in her first tournament in mid August. Our emotions were all over the place.  As parents we were nervous, Gabi …well she just simply beamed.  This survivor with a completely reconstructed right chest wall was out there kicking and throwing elbows like cancer never happened.  It will still take time for her strength, stamina and speed to improve, but she’s on her way!

“As her coach for close to five years, initially everyone was so sad when she was diagnosed with cancer.  I’m so proud to have been part of this girls miraculous recovery.  Her strength, commitment, love for life, belief and overall determination to overcome cancer is so admirable.  Now she’s back stronger than ever playing the game she truly loves with Dash 02 West.”  Ivan Ruddle, Head Team Coach, Dash 02 West. 

Dash Home Game vs. Chicago Red Stars

The club is extremely excited to support the last Houston Dash home game on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30pm.  We would like to extend an invitation to all Dash Youth soccer teams to attend the game with their teammates, friends and family members.  We must continually support the women’s game and provide opportunities for our soccer players to connect with the Dash professional players as role models.

Feel free to click on the video link above and see a special message from Dash captain Kealia Ohai!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below or by contacting Jay Adelberg at the Dash front office directly at 713-276-7529 or email

Game Day Information:

* The first 500 buyers will be invited to a special meet and greet after the game with Carli Lloyd and other Dash players (Bud Light Lounge, East Concourse)

* Carry USA Flag – 50 players (limited space – contact Jay Adelberg directly) – SOLD!

* Rally Tunnel – 75 players (limited space – contact Jay Adelberg directly) – SOLD!

* When you purchase tickets, you’ll receive your own referral link to share with friends and family

* Players wear their game jersey or training top

* Anyone that buys from your personal link will automatically be seated with you

Dynamo | Dash Youth Disaster Relief Assistance

This game day event will serve as a continued fundraiser for our club members who are in need after the storm. Tickets are $18 with $3 from every ticket sold going to the Dynamo | Dash Youth Disaster Relief Assistance fund.

Come and join the fun, we hope you will encourage your team to attend this match and help organize a team outing!

Breast Cancer Awareness / Disaster Relief Assistance 2017

The club is very excited to announce that Hunter Family Orthodontics are the newest corporate partner to come on board for the 2017-18 season.  Dr. Ross Hunter and his staff will be partnering with the Breast Cancer Awareness Program / Disaster Relief Assistance that will be selling pink shirts for the month of October 2017 organized by the Girls Development Academy Program.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be partnering with the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.  I am extremely excited to be affiliated with the Breast Cancer Awareness Program. It is a program that is near and dear to my heart, since my mother is a breast cancer survivor!”  Dr. Ross Hunter, Hunter Family Orthodontics.

“I would like to thank Dr. Ross Hunter (Hunter Family Orthodontics) for partnering with the club’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program.  It’s a program that has grown each year and this year will be no different.  We believe as the only girls US Soccer league representative in the Houston area it is our responsibility to bring awareness to females throughout the city and help fight Breast Cancer.  It’s great to see local companies recognize what we’re doing and supporting this great initiative.”  Nick O’Shea, Girls Development Academy Director.

Houston Dash Girls Development Academy – Kansas City

The Houston Dash Girls Development Academy hit the road to open up their season league play in the newly formed Girls Development Academy in Kansas City competing against two very competitive clubs in Sporting Blue Valley and FC Kansas City.  The Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston which offers the highest level of competitive soccer in the country for female youth players.  

GDA Saturday Results:

U13 Won 4-1

U14 Won 4-1

U15 Won 6-0

U17 Tied 2-2

U19 Won 4-0

GDA Sunday Results:

U13 Won 2-0

U14 Won 3-1

U15  Lost 0-5

U17 Lost 1-4

U19 Lost 0-3

The club also received support for it’s current Houston Strong Disaster Relief Fund by families from the two DA Kansas clubs.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank everybody for the support that we have received over the last two weeks pertaining to our efforts in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the Disaster Relief Assistance.  Traveling on the first weekend of the season and being presented with over $2,500 from the families of the Kansas DA clubs was incredible.  So many people have offered their support in multiple ways, it’s been outstanding and our soccer families are very appreciative of the help.”  Nick O’Shea, Dash Development Academy Director.