For local moms Diane Wehner and Maggie Dawson, organizing a spring soccer league for nearly 400 Dare County children each year has become something of a calling.
Both of them grew up playing soccer and have a love for the game. But it’s not just the sport itself that motivates Wehner and Dawson to keep the Outer Banks Youth Soccer Association (OBYSA) league kicking after more than two decades.
OBYSA began in 2001 as a way to complement the Dare County Parks and Recreation fall program and give budding soccer players an opportunity to play year-round. Wehner, who has been coaching in the league since its inception, took over the reins of the program in 2008 and has been heading it up ever since.