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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians have teamed up with Integrated Solutions Group and Forma Construction to host “Artesians For Oly Town”, a metaphorical game to raise funds and provide more than 1,000 meals for Interfaith Works. The Artesians are aiming to break their single game attendance record during this “game” with a goal of 500 tickets sold and ISG and Forma will match the money raised from tickets with a donation of up to $5000. Fans can purchase tickets by heading to olytownfc.square.site.

Tickets for the “game” are $10 and purchasers will receive a ticket to a future Artesians game, fans who purchase 10 tickets will receive a scarf, and purchasers of 25 tickets and up will receive an Artesians jersey. Then, on Thursday, June 4th, Oly Town FC will host an all-day celebration of Olympia soccer on their social media pages and website including the rebroadcast of two of the team’s biggest games.

“We want to give something back to the Olympia community that supports us during this Coronavirus crisis and help out one of our favorite non-profits,” said Artesians Co-Founder and Director of Communications Brandon Sparks. “We also want to celebrate 10 seasons of Artesians soccer so what better way to do that than to attempt to break our single game attendance record and host an all-day celebration benefitting Interfaith Works.”

Well 80 Brewhouse in Downtown Olympia has committed to providing reduced cost meals to Interfaith Works that will be purchased with the funds from ticket sales and matching donations from ISG and Forma.

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Interfaith Works is “a non-profit association of faith communities and individuals of diverse faith traditions” that operates the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter that has the mission to “advance the social inclusion and empowerment of the homeless through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health and emergency basic needs coordination.” Learn more about IW and their response to the Covid-19 crisis and their needs during this time by visiting their websites at www.interfaith-works.org and www.iwshelter.org.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they celebrate ten seasons of soccer by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tim Smith, Owner and President of Oly Town Football Club announced today an Agreement in Principle to expand ownership in the club. Oly Town FC is the parent club for the Oly Town Artesians Men’s indoor and outdoor semi-pro soccer teams, Artesians Reserves Men’s outdoor semi-pro team and the Artesians Women’s indoor semi-pro team that is set to begin play in 2020.

Joining Tim and his wife, Connie, in the ownership group are:
Tom and Anna Boatright and Family
Thomas and Meagan Arndt
Chris and Mindi Knudson and Family
Drew and Kylie Phillips and Family

“This means the Artesians are here to stay,” said Smith. “All four of these families have long, strong ties to the local soccer community and to the community as a whole. Connie and I are so thankful to Olympia for supporting the team over the past 6 years, and we could not be more excited about the future. Community-based soccer at this level doesn’t work everywhere, but it has made it here.”

The Artesians were founded in 2014 by Brandon Sparks along with Tim and Connie Smith, owners of Olympia Indoor Soccer. Today, the club competes in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) and the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) and will join the WISL Women’s League, beginning play in February, 2020.

“I benefited greatly from playing soccer in this area since my youth and I’m excited to be partnering with this group of owners to further promote the sport and provide opportunities for players,” commented Tom Arndt. “We look forward to growing the Oly Town Artesians organization and appreciate the support of local businesses and our strong soccer community.”

In addition, the club announced four new Director positions to guide and support the day-to-day operations of the club:

  • Kyle Wiese, Managing Member of Opportunity Zone Investments and a long-time Artesians player, will serve as Director of Business and Administration.
  • Leon Grinnell brings decades of FC management experience in Germany and the US to the role of Director of Club Development. Leon will also manage Olympia Indoor Soccer.
  • Matt Welling, long-time club coach with Washington Premier FC will serve as Director of Soccer
  • Brandon Sparks continues his role with the club as Director of Communications and Design and providing Play-by-Play for the Artesians Network streaming service.

“This is exactly what I envisioned and hoped for when we founded the club in 2014”, said founder Brandon Sparks. “Tim and I have always wanted to see the community rally around independent, community based soccer and it is exciting to see important people in our community, and people that have been invested in the club in other ways previously, take that next step and make this their club.”

On the field, the Artesians kick off their 2019-2020 slate of home games this Saturday when they take on Tacoma Narrows FC at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. First kick is set for 6:35 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years-old, seniors, military and first responders and are available at the door.

Oly Town enters the game with a 1-1-0 record this season after a 9-6 win over the Oly-Pen Force in week one and then a hard fought 8-6 loss to the Snohomish Skyhawks in week two. Capital High School alum Alec Zimmerman leads the team with three goals and four assists through the first two games while his brother, Jordan, is right behind him with a pair of goals. Another Capital grad and veteran Artesian, Nate Boatright, has also added two goals.

JJ Olson has been solid in goal making a plethora of saves over the first two games to lead the team defensively and defender Brett Stallworth is expected to make his 42nd consecutive appearance for Oly Town. New Artesians head coach PJ Vargas has had two weeks since the Snohomish loss to prepare and the squad will see a couple new faces on the field for the home opener.

Narrows enters the game at 0-2-0 after dropping their first two games to the two toughest WISL opponents, Bellingham United and the Tacoma Stars Reserves. They fell 13-4 in Bellingham after unexpectedly losing their top goalkeeper to the Hammers just days before the opener and then scored just one goal against the Stars Reserves in week two. But Narrows holds a 2-0-0 record over the Artesians and made the playoffs last season in their first WISL campaign.

We made a nice run to the final of the Washington Super Cup final in its first season but couldn’t quite get the job finished allowing two goals in the first five minutes in a 3-0 loss to Nido Aguila Club America Seattle. Still, it was a hard fought game and you can see that from these pictures taken by Sonja Purtteman last Friday night.

Thank you to our photographers Sonja Purtteman, Molly Walsh and Charis Wilson for all of their work this season!

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