Former U.S. Soccer board member Evelyn Gill dies at the age of 79

Evelyn Gill, a longtime youth soccer administrator at the local, state and national levels, died on Wednesday at the age of 79 following a short battle with glioblastoma.

She represented the Youth Council on U.S. Soccer’s board of directors for almost 10 years. For many years, she served as an officer at U.S. Youth Soccer, first as secretary and then vice president.

She was a former president of New Jersey Youth Soccer and played a major factor in helping equalize funding for girls ODP in New Jersey, which has produced such stars as Heather O'Reilly, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath.

“Evelyn was a tireless champion for kids and youth sports for her entire life and one of the true pioneers for the participation of women in sports,” said U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone. “Her selfless work over decades to grow the game will carry a positive impact for generations.”

Gill was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, George M. Gill. Surviving family includes two sons, James Albert and Scott George.
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