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).