In June, 2010, Eric Green was severely injured in a motor bike accident. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Eric played soccer for Brownsburg High School and he was a member of Westside United’s ‘88 team. As a member of this team, Eric helped us win our first State Cup! Eric’s brothers played for Westside United and his family was instrumental in our growth as a club. The Green family helped to build and maintain the gravel parking lot we now utilize at our Dan Jones Complex.
John Case recalls that while Eric Green was a tremendous athlete and soccer player in high school, he is also a wonderful person.
Eric’s coach, Dustin Ottesen, remembers Eric as a great competitor who would do whatever it took to win. He absolutely hated to lose. He brought the highest levels of energy to every practice and game, with a work ethic to match. Eric was a player you wanted on your team—he made everyone else better, not only because of his willingness to work and push them, but because he thrived on pressure situations that tough games provided. His attitude became contagious, and the team would rise to meet his example. Off the field, Eric showed the same passion for life as he did on the field. This drive and their family’s deep Faith has helped them through this life-changing event.
Eric is currently helping to coach in our Travel Program and we value his commitment to Westside United.
A scholarship fund has been set up in Eric’s name. Each year we are hoping to add to this fund and award scholarships to families who demonstrate a need while exhibiting a love for the soccer, a commitment to our community, and the persistence to get the most out of every day, as Eric exemplifies on a daily basis.
BREANA “BRE” KATHRYN SPARKS
On April 25, 2014, Breana “Bre” Kathryn Sparks was called to heaven at the very young age of 18.
Bre enjoyed playing soccer and had played since the age of three at Westside United. While playing at Westside, she was a member of 3v3 teams and travel teams. Bre then went on to play soccer for Avon High School. It’s always a great honor to have our players make a commitment to developing younger players and promoting soccer in our community. Bre served Westside well - She combined her love of children and her love of soccer by coaching for our Westside United Soccer Junior Academy.
Bre loved dogs and she volunteered her time at the Indianapolis Humane Society where she assisted with adoptions. She enjoyed music, movies, and hanging out with her friends and family. She was known for having a warm heart, a great sense of humor, and a beautiful contagious smile.
The Spark’s family has been a huge supporter of Westside United from the beginning. Kyle Sparks played for Westside United and went on to have a fine soccer career at IU. Kyle currently coaches one of our boys travel teams. Brian Sparks was actively involved with the club coaching some of our teams. We treasure the loyalty of the Sparks family.
A memorial fund has been established in Bre Spark’s honor. We will honor a player or players each year who demonstrate a financial need to be able to participate in playing soccer. The recipient(s) will exhibit a desire to learn and a commitment to Westside and their respective team. We will strive to honor a player(s) at the Junior Academy level or the younger age groups. Your donation will help us to financially assist current players in our program and allow them the opportunity to learn the game of soccer in a positive and encouraging environment. With every smile on the faces of these young soccer players, we will keep the memory of “Bre” near and dear to our hearts.