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    In Memory of Christine M Richardson

    Christine Mary Richardson (nee Bennett) peacefully passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by family. Christine was born to Tom and Iris Bennett in Astwood Bank, England on September 28, 1943. Christine married Peter Geoffrey Richardson May 16, 1964 and lived in Inkberrow, England where she became the loving mother of three sons, David, Michael and Philip.

    Peter and Christine moved to the United States in June 1974 and made new roots in Hanover Park, Illinois. Together they found and ran the Northern Illinois Soccer League which began in 1975 with 4 teams and grew to over 1,000 teams and continues to operate today. In 2005, Christine was named as one of the Illinois State Soccer Association’s “Illinois Women In Soccer” honorees for her passion, service and influence in youth soccer.

    Christine enjoyed working in her family’s soccer business, growing and nurturing her english garden, cooking large meals for her family and keeping up on the Royal English Family. Christine’s greatest joy was spending time with her family both in the United States and in England.

    Family members and friends knew her to be wise, kind, generous, loving, thoughtful, diligent and always available for a conversation.

    Christine is survived by her beloved husband Peter, sons David (Mary), Michael (Katie), Philip, and her treasured grandchildren, Christopher, Kelsey, Mallory, Ian, Andrew, Chloe, Hannah, Kendall, Derek, CJ, Kenzie and another grandchild due in August 2018. She is also survived in England by her loving brother Colin (Lorina) Bennett, Brother-in Law John (Sheila) Richardson and the families of her 8 nieces and nephews. Her dear sister Pat (Roy) Darvill and her niece Katherine Darvill preceded her in death.


    A visitation will be held Thursday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 950 South Bartlett Road (& Stearns) , Bartlett, IL 60103 followed by a private service for the family Friday, June 1.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,,
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    SafeSport Certification Process

    On Feb. 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately.

    The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition. These individuals are called “covered individuals” in the new legislation.

    1. Create a SafeSport account via this link:

    2. You should be prompted to add a membership (U.S. Soccer) via an access code (YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M) as part of your account creation.

    3. Finish the registration process, and take the online training, which consists of three modules: 1) Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities; 2) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; and 3) Emotional and Physical Misconduct. Completion will take approximately 90 minutes, but it does not need to be done at once. You may save your progress and continue where you left off at a later time.

    4. Once all three modules are completed, you will be able to download a master “SafeSport Trained” certificate from your dashboard. Save this certificate.

    Important distinction: While you will receive a certificate after each of the three modules, uploading one of those does not suffice. US Club Soccer requires uploading the master “SafeSport Trained” certificate, indicating that all three modules have been completed.

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