The MVP honors Mike Vogel's Life and His Contributions to the Soccer Community
Mike Vogel was a founding member of Dynamo F.C.. Mike, or "Mr V" as he was known to his players, loved teaching soccer to children of all ages, and was a driving force in shaping Indiana youth soccer in the mid 1970's. He coached several Dynamo teams, and was a co-owner of the first Indiana specialty soccer store, The Soccer Center. He also helped establish soccer programs at the Jewish Community Center, as well as North Central High School.
Mike Vogel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1923. One of five children, Mike spent much of his childhood playing soccer. In the summer of 1942, Mike and his family were loaded into cattle cars and shipped to Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland. His entire family was killed in Auschwitz. Mike, however, was lucky - amid the confusion of an air raid, he was able to escape. Mike eventually settled in the United States in 1946, and in 1948, he married Agnes Weisz, a Hungarian death camp survivor. Mike was a tireless Holocaust victim’s activist, and returned to Europe many times to testify against Nazi war criminals. He gave hundreds of talks to High Schools and community forums, recounting his personal experience of the Holocaust. In the mid 1990's, Mike participated in an award winning, nationally distributed documentary entitled "Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died." Mike received many distinguished awards, including a Jefferson Award (1996), Sagamore of the Wabash (1997), Honorary Doctorate from DePauw University For Public Service (1997), Indiana Council of Social Studies Award From Purdue University (1998), Indiana Junior Historical Society Award (1999), and the Jewish Community Center Award (1999).
Although Mike stopped coaching in the 1980's, he continued to serve as a referee, officiating countless games. As the years progressed, Mike focused his energy on refereeing small-sided youth matches at Dynamo Park. He could be seen almost every weekend with his trademark soccer ball hat, dabbing his forehead with his handkerchief, joking with kids, patiently explaining rules and constantly smiling. For his contributions to the sport, Mike was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997. Mike's death in 2000 was a tragic blow to the soccer community.
Our goal is for this tournament to serve as a constant reminder of Mike's enormous contributions to Dynamo F.C., Indiana Youth Soccer, and to Humanity.