Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Hero Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown superior willingness and dedication to the tourism industry in the Aberdeen area. Hometown Heroes work hard and selflessly to ensure that their group's meetings, conventions, or events are held in the community. Visitors that attend these special events fill the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail outlets. The dollars they spend have a tremendous impact on the welfare of our city. By going the extra mile to bring in visitors, Hometown Heroes help ensure the economic vitality of the community continues to thrive. 

The winner of the 2015 Hometown Hero Award is the Hub City Soccer Club. 

Hub City Soccer



The Hub City Soccer Club was founded in 1986 as the Aberdeen Soccer Association. By 1990, the club had added both a fall and spring season and had more than 1000 area youth participating. In 2010, the Aberdeen Soccer Association merged with the Northern Blast Soccer Club and the organization was renamed the Hub City Soccer Club. 

Since that time, the Club has grown to serve over 2,000 soccer players in their fall and spring recreational programs. Players range in age from 4 to adult and come from Aberdeen and the surrounding regional area. In addition to the recreational programs, Hub City Soccer Club also hosts a competitive program. The competitive program offers winter and summer training options for the player that is looking for an opportunity to develop a higher level of play.

Both the recreational and competitive programs include tournament play. City tournaments are held at the conclusion of the spring and fall recreational league seasons. The Dacotah Cup is held each summer as part of the competitive season. The club recently held the very first Winter Invitational at the new Presentation College Dome. This event provided a unique indoor soccer experience for players and a special partnership for the Aberdeen community. Both competitive tournaments bring teams from across North and South Dakota to Aberdeen. The next Dacotah Cup tournament is slated to be held June 23-25, 2017.

The Hub City Soccer Club has worked hard to establish an opportunity for participants to play soccer from a very young age while allowing players to build the skills needed to continue to play soccer into the high school years and beyond. The Hub City Soccer Club looks forward to serving the Aberdeen community for years to come with current and expanded programming options. 

Congratulations to our Hometown Hero Award winner Hub City Soccer Club!

Past winners of this award include Eugene Smith (2005), Aberdeen Baseball Association (2006), Gene Brownell (2007), Yelduz Shrine (2008), Pat Timm (2009), Gregg Odde (2010), Coach Bob Olson (2011), Aberdeen Running Club (2012), Aberdeen Swim Club (2013), Aberdeen Aqua Addicts & SD Film Festival (2014), Hub City Soccer Club (2015).