Topeka Soccer Club is growing, and with that growth, families are seeking clarity about what to expect, information about the opportunities are available to kids and their teams, and details about how to get involved. With Sunflower Soccer Association and Topeka Soccer Club’s newest hire, there’s a renewed focus on ensuring these needs are met and that questions are answered for the organization’s families — and then some.
Jerika Henderson has been hired as Recreation Coordinator for Sunflower Soccer Association and Topeka Soccer Club, joining an already strong team to assist in the planning, management, and overall operations of the club’s activities.
As the Recreation Coordinator, Jerika’s focus will be recruiting and training volunteers, overseeing execution of the club’s Recreation program, and maintaining the club’s schedules. She joins the team from Boys and Girls Club of Topeka, where she was the Volunteer and Special Events Director. Her role included recruitment, management, and training of volunteers; planning, organizing, and execution of fundraising events; development of marketing materials; and assistance with donation management.
Jerika has long been involved with Sunflower Soccer Association and Topeka Soccer Club. Most recently, she served on Sunflower’s Board of Trustees. She’s coached at various levels for six consecutive seasons, including work with the Minikickers and her current role as an assistant coach for a U9 Recreational soccer team.
A Topeka native, she grew up playing soccer at Sunflower Soccer Association, as well as volleyball, softball, and basketball. After graduating from Washburn Rural High School, she attended Kansas Wesleyan University as a student athlete, where she was offered scholarships to play basketball and softball. She returned to Topeka to attend Washburn University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass media – public relations with a minor psychology. She and her husband have two sons who are also competitive in soccer, basketball, and baseball. In addition, she has worked and volunteered for the American Heart Association, Grace Point Church, and she’s coached and managed teams for SSA, Sports Factory/K4 Sports, Sports Zone, and Ken Berry Softball/Baseball Association.
“I love youth sports and soccer, so this really is a dream job,” Jerika said. “After nearly two years as a board member for SSA, I am looking forward even more involvement as I help create a positive experience for each and every young athlete and their families — all the way from Minikickers to the most competitive teams. As Sunflower and Topeka Soccer Club continue to grow, I know this role will be integral to ensuring we provide the best soccer and athletic experiences possible to families across the greater Topeka community. It’s a challenge I can’t wait to tackle."