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Sting Soccer Foundation

A Life-Changing Impact

I want to tell you and the Sting Organization what you have done for my granddaughter. This is a little girl who lost her dad in a car accident, and then lost her mom who became mentally unstable over his death. She has had several family traumas, including her recent loss of her grandfather whom she spent a lot of time painting with. On top of that she played for a coach at that time who did not do anything but degrade her to the point of making her cry at every practice and game. If it had not been for the Sting Organization and her coach, I don’t know where we would be. 

YOU have literally saved our lives. She was in a very dark place in her life and this club saved her and me as well. She was a little girl who did not talk much, cried a lot, walked around with her head hung down, and who told me on many occasions that she felt that she was not worth anything – that she was something you would scrape off the road. I became fearful for her life. If Sting would not have made it financially possible for us to join the club that first year, I don’t know where she would be right now. The Coach has been such a wonderful influence on her life. He has encouraged her, given her guidance, and been a great role model. He has been understanding, as well as firm with her, and she is a totally different person because of it. 

I want to brag a bit on her because I know with all of my heart that this is all because of this organization and coach. I was asked to attend a meeting at her school with all of her teachers and principal. I asked if anything was wrong and they said they could not discuss it over the phone. I went to the school worried about what they wanted to talk to me about. When I got there, each and every teacher, including the principal, proceeded to tell me what a wonderful student she was and how glad they were to have her in their class. They then asked if it was ok if they could start prepping her for all honors classes next year in 8th grade. I was in tears because of all of the beautiful things they had to say about her. She also became the President of the National Honor Society in 7th grade, Vice President in 8th grade, she won several awards for her artwork and has had her work displayed in our city library. She has been on the A-B Honor Roll in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Her teachers and peers named her “Queen” at her 8th grade banquet. She was accepted into High School this year for the IB Art Program, IB English, and IB History, as well as all AP Honors classes.  

I believe with all of my heart that if it were not for soccer giving her a place to go and escape from all that she had been going through, she would not be where she is today. I thank God every day for her coach, because he saved her and me too. So, THANK YOU Sting Organization for reaching out and making it possible for us to become part of the Sting Family. You are appreciated more than you know!

Alexa brings both her financial and legal expertise to her role as President of our Sting Soccer Foundation. Born and raised in Texas, Alexa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in her double major of economics and political science from Rice University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. ​

After passing the Texas Bar in 2014, she joined the global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, LLC where she specialized in compliance and ethics. As a Senior Compliance Attorney, she was responsible for identifying and resolving potential conflict of interest issues, including the relevant legal and ethical considerations and firm-wide commercial concerns. 

Today, she serves as a fractional General Counsel for multiple small businesses.

Alexa's experience with soccer is personal. She played club soccer throughout her formative years and in high school, earning a scholarship to Rice's NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer team. She served as one of the youngest Captains, named at the end of her Freshman year, and she won numerous awards, including "Rice Team Warrior," given to the player who displays the most heart and desire. Additionally, she set records for the "most games started" and the "most games played."

 Alexa is married to her college sweetheart and a mother to her three children- twin boys and a little girl. She adds tremendous value guiding our foundation's mission, objectives, and activities.

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Our Treasurer, Steven Sultzbaugh, comes to our foundation with an expertise in business administration, as well as a professional sports background. Earning a full athletic scholarship to play baseball for Rice University, Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts degree while competing at the NCAA Division 1 level. He was drafted three times to the MLB before joining the private financial sector.

He began his career in finance with IMG Financial Group as a Senior Advisor in private wealth management. He made a move to Salient Partners, LP, where he took his post as Manager of Internal Sales. Always motivated to do more and grow more, Steven sought to earn his MBA while working full-time. He earned that degree, also from Rice University. UBS Investment Bank then hired him as their Associate Director. He gained significant transaction experience for the global energy and natural resource group.

Today, Steven is a busy man with his position as Director of Finance for ARM Energy, his Treasurer's responsibilities, and a full house at home. With his wife, our President Alexa Sultzbaugh, he has two sons who are twin toddlers and a brand new baby girl. Steven will manage our organization’s finances and provide accountability and transparency for Sting Soccer Foundation.

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Tina Rincon started her career in public accounting with both public and private clients in the governmental not for profit and retail industries. She has industry experience in private investment companies and the public technology sector.

Ms. Rincon is a Certified Public Accountant and specializes in distressed assets and cash management, financial reporting, consolidations and streamlining accounting processes for small to middle market companies. She works for Mezas Capital Group, a small boutique consulting firm that specializes in capital needs for small to middle market companies. In addition, she serves as Treasurer of US Youth Soccer, the Dallas Sidekicks, and Kick Foundation.  She also serves as Assistant Coach for Greenhill School Varsity Women’s Soccer.   Tina was a “Lifer” and member of the Sting Soccer 1987 Team and went on to play at Texas Tech University.

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When Connie moved to Texas as a young girl, she became a true Texan, never moving out of this great state. She lived in Plano for 53 years, leaving only to attend school. Connie earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas.

Connie always wanted to be an educator and her career as a high school teacher spanned 32 years. She taught business and computer courses. Connie and her husband raised their daughter Courtney who played club soccer and high school soccer. Courtney’s years as a junior competitor earned her the goalkeeper position for Baylor University.

In her free time, Connie enjoys socializing with friends and family, reading, and spiritual enrichment activities. In her role as Secretary of the Sting Soccer Foundation, Connie’s plethora of duties keeps her days moving quickly. She is the record keeper for all of our Board’s activities and decisions.

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Sage was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and is a proud member of our Sting alumni. Her experience with soccer began at the age of 4, carried her through her high school years, and earned her a full scholarship playing division 1 women’s soccer in college. Although her roots were always in Texas, Sage’s dream was to play college soccer on the West coast. She began her college career playing for Pepperdine University (1 year) and she finished at the University of Oklahoma (4 years), where she made history with her team and was captain for 3 years.

Upon graduating with a health and exercise science degree, she opened a nutrition business and began her adventure as a female entrepreneur. Although sports & fitness have played an important role in Sage’s life, she has always had a knack for creativity and the arts. Wearing many hats during her time as a business owner, she also explored her interest in fashion and photography. What started out to be a side hobby, documenting her personal style and sharing tidbits of her life, eventually turned into her full-time job.

Sage is now an entrepreneur, fashion & lifestyle blogger, designer, and influencer who has collaborated with global fashion and beauty brands through her blog, So Sage Blog. Her sharp business acumen is impressive and we are thrilled to have her on our foundation board.

She currently resides back in Dallas, with her husband Kyle and their two children Capri and Knox.

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