Chester, PA — February 20, 2020 Chester Upland Youth Soccer (CUYS), a non-profit soccer organization that teaches healthy living habits and provides mentorship to over 450 students within the Chester and Upland communities each year, today announced an update in its leadership, effective immediately.

After almost seven years with CUYS, outgoing Executive Director Brendan Grady has accepted a new job as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Juniata College. Never wavering in his commitment to the success of Chester Upland Youth Soccer, Grady has moved into a board position and will continue serving in that capacity.

“Brendan has done a remarkable job growing this organization, leading the mentorship of over 2500 students over the years while strengthening the relationships between the community of Chester and a variety of influential partners including local colleges,” noted Grant Phelan, President of the CUYS board. “He leaves us well positioned for continued development as he sets off on his chosen career path where he is sure to achieve further success.”

Jeannine Fallon Anckaitis has been named Executive Director for Chester Upland Youth Soccer. Anckaitis, a communications professional with over 25 years experience in public relations and marketing, comes to the position after having served on the CUYS board for nearly 18 months. She has been supporting the children of Chester through volunteer work and fundraising efforts since moving to Swarthmore in 2005.

“I have been inspired by community leaders such as Dr. John Alston of Chester Children’s Chorus and Akosua Watts of The Chester Charter Scholars Academy, both of whom I have seen actively work to instill in the children of Chester invaluable self-confidence and an enthusiastic work ethic that helps to build a bright future — all while also having fun with them,” commented Anckaitis. “CUYS is dedicated to delivering the same, using soccer as a channel to change lives for the better, and I look forward to spreading the message of our good work to new and bigger audiences.”

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