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Russell Shaw Defends OSU Lawsuit

$6,410 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 13 months
Created June 15, 2018
Right now, Russell Shaw needs your support. Any small donation helps ($10). 

He is one of the most accomplished, respected and well regarded coaches in competitive youth soccer in Ottawa and across the Province, and is being sued by his former club, the non-profit community soccer association Ottawa South United for $200,000. 

OSU claims that Russell has stolen and solicited players to join his current club (West Ottawa Soccer Club), and is in breach of contract. This is untrue and Russell has the basis to defend himself against these claims. Amateur soccer players are allowed to change clubs under their own volition. 

The shocking thing is that OSU, the non profit community-based soccer association, is trying to intimidate Russell and put him through financial and personal hardship based on the premise that a youth soccer player, who exercises her or his choice to move from one club to another, doesn’t have the right to do so and the OSU revenue-loss should be recoverable by suing an ex employee. 

For anyone who knows Russell, you know his success is based on his tireless contribution, respectful style of coaching and his professional conduct. Players are simply drawn to him and have self-selected to join another club for a better environment, his style of coaching, and the opportunities he opens up for them.

When Russell was at OSU for the 9 years proceeding his departure for a better balance of family life in 2016, he helped his teams win 3 Ontario titles. While he certainly didn’t take this career path for the money, he did do it for the sport and community he loves, and of course, to help kids achieve their best. In doing so, he has made and continues to make positive contributions to thousands of youth players across the city.

Now, he needs your support and help. Please support his legal defense through this GoFundMe Campaign.

Even if all you can give is a small amount, you will go on record and say enough-is-enough with this type of toxic behavior shaping youth sports in Ottawa.

100% of funds raised in excess of Russell's legal fees will go towards competitive soccer fees for kids in the Ottawa region who need financial support to play at a club of their choice (including OSU - if that's their choice).
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Thank you all for your support for Russell and his family through this difficult time. It is your support and actions that made people aware of this frivolous and unwarranted lawsuit.

This civil lawsuit has now been withdrawn by its instigators, Ottawa South United Soccer Association, a matter of days before Russell was required to officially respond to the Ontario's Superior Court of Justice regarding this claim - the timing of which is quite clearly cynical.

Russell is now working with his lawyer to obtain a statement from OSU that he did not breach his contract and never solicited any players - just as he has stated from the start.

This will ensure that OSU's bully tactics will not be used against him again in the future and hopefully set a precedent for the soccer community. There is no place for this sort of action in youth development.

He will also look for compensation for his legal fees from OSU, regardless of the amount raised through this GoFundMe Campaign.

Finally, a statement of lawyers fees will be posted when the matter is finalized and the remainder will be donated to players in need of financial support.
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Update: First $5,000 Raised!

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to the Russell Shaw Defends OSU Lawsuit campaign - regardless of the amount.

You are proving that integrity will always win. That being said, we need more help as this won't be easy for Russell.

Please share this on Facebook & Twitter encouraging others to join in - and please always use the hashtag #ShameOnOSUSoccer.
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Raised by 66 people in 13 months
Created June 15, 2018
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