GYS Mission statement:
Using sports as a “vehicle,” GYS will help the youth to develop as strong, independent, well-rounded individuals with the skills needed to live a successful and meaningful life and to become leaders and productive members of our global society.
GYS' first international event was in 1996 with Colegio Interamericano of Guatemala and a Portuguese team from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Since then, thousands of children and their families have participated and currently participate in the GYS international programs in different countries.
Meet Coach Daniel
Daniel Dos Santos is a former professional soccer player from Artigas, Uruguay. He began his career playing for the legendary soccer club Peñarol youth teams in Montevideo. Later, he played for seven years on teams such as Danubio and Villa Española in Uruguay and even represented his country in nine international games.
Daniel has been involved in youth soccer in various capacities for the past thirty years, including coaching, club director of coaching, clinician, and camp director. He also worked as an instructor for coaching licensing at the Georgia Soccer Association and has been involved with the Olympic development program for years. In addition to his passion for soccer, Daniel is the founder and president of Global Youth Sports, an organization dedicated to educating children through sports.
Daniel's educational background includes an M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he was awarded the Medal of Academic Excellence and the student-athlete award for the class of 1990. He was also selected as an All-American player for Sacred Heart University and served as the president of Phi Sigma Iota, Delta Kappa 132 Chapter, International Honor Society from 1990 to 1992.