The Morgan Hill Youth Sports Alliance (MHYSA) is a California 501c3 (ID# 77-0460880) non-profit organization, committed to increasing the opportunity and experience of children in the Bay Area who participate or want to participate in sports. Our goal in everything we do is to get “MORE KIDS IN MORE SPORTS.”

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A History of the Alliance

MHYSA was created in 1997, since the installation of a new board in November 2008, MHYSA has:

  • Reestablished local youth sports organization participation in MHYSA
  • Established an Advisory Council to help guide MHYSA activities
  • Delivered a high quality flag football program to the community
  • Assisted with the development of CMH Field Use and Field Rate Policies
  • Provided $2,500 in sports financial assistance to MHUSD students
  • Created an on line community sports calendar
  • Established of  a community bike and skate club
  • Won the Competitive Master Concessionaire contract to operate and maintain the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
  • Set up Home Field Partner Programs with the Morgan Hill Raiders Cheer and Football and the Orchard Valley Soccer Club and League
  • Held the first Rugby, Lacrosse and Frisbee tournaments at the Center
  • Produced the Kihncert concert with Bret Michaels, Greg Kihn Band, the Tubes and others.
  • Hosted and Helped Produce the fabulous Freedom Fest Fourth of July Fireworks show annually since 2012
  • Hosted and Helped Produce the Global Dog Agility Championships with USDAA including 9 countries and 1000 canine competitors
  • Sponsored and helped form the South County Outlaws Lacrosse Club
  • Renew their contract for the Sport Center though 2018

MHYSA’s Mission is to facilitate sports participation opportunities for the youth of the greater Morgan Hill and South Valley area


Services Charter

Provide Membership services including field use, venue services, event production, insurance, website development, equipment, officiating, and sports destination tourism.


Assitance Charter

Provide financial assistance for youths joining member sports programs


Assitance Charter

Provide financial assistance for youths joining member sports programs

Our Board

Jeff Dixon

Jeff Dixon

Chairman and Executive Director


Jeff is a lifetime entrepreneur and long time community service contributor with 35 years of professional experience in the high tech, telecommunication and sports industries.

Jeff currently serves as the President of USA Flag Football, a professional youth sports management company. USA Flag Football provides league services such as marketing, fulfillment, registration and fee collection, league operations, officiating, training and customer service. Current customers include the NFL’s Youth Football Program organization, City of Mountain View and San Benito Athletic League. National affiliations include USA Football and American Youth Football.

Previous to USA Flag Football, Jeff operated youth and adult flag football leagues for 12 years, served as a Marketing Consultant to telecommunication companies and worked for Rolm Corporation for over 17 years as a Regional Distribution Manager and Senior Programs Manager.

As a community contributor, Jeff has participated in many advisory committees such the San Jose Mayor’s Advisory Council on the Metcalf Energy Center, City of San Jose’s Sports Field Study and Morgan Hill’s Outdoor Sports Complex Advisory Committee. Since moving to Morgan Hill in 2002 he has worked with the Morgan Hill Independence Day, Inc. organization, was the founding president of the Morgan Hill Gymnastics Parents’ Club, raised money for the Aquatic Center as part of Cool Brews for Cool Pools and is a member of the Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2009.

Jeff, along with his wife and daughter enjoy the close knit and friendly community feeling of Morgan Hill.

Claudia Rossi

Claudia Rossi

Board Member for Program Development & Community Outreach


Claudia Rossi was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Education in 2014. Previously, she was on the school board of Morgan Hill Unified School District for the term of 2010-2014. She has served as a volunteer both in and out of the classroom and is staunch supporter of Special Education and students and families who face socio-economic and language adversity. She started a nonprofit organization to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds that aspire to go to college, started a sports mentoring program to serve at-risk youth and has been actively involved in organizing workshops for parents of English Language Learners.


Born in Colombia and the oldest of three children, Claudia was nine years old when her family arrived in California. An English Language Learner, she thrived in a public school system where her family and teachers supported her educationally, socially and emotionally.

She lived in Mexico City with her husband for three years where she volunteered with Fondo Unido (United Way) and UNICEF, the start of her career in service to community. Upon returning to the United States, Claudia studied Nursing and upon graduation worked as a nurse at George Washington University Medical Center. She left her nursing career to raise her two children.

In August, 2013 she was awarded the California Assembly District 30 Peace Award by Assemblyman Luis Alejo. Recently she concluded her employment as an Outreach Coordinator for Project Cornerstone, a champion of the Development Assets program, and most recently has joined the team at Teen Force, the employment program in Santa Clara County that is working in support of Foster Youth.​​​

Chris Gerrity

Chris Gerrity

Board Member and Treasurer

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I am an Assistant Vice President and the Business Banking Officer for Pinnacle Bank, a full-service business bank which services Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey counties. In this position, I am responsible for developing new relationships which contributes to the growth of both the deposit and lending portfolios. Additionally, I am the Cash Management specialist for the entire Bank. As such, I support my fellow Relationship Managers and the Client Service Managers with the sale and implementation of all cash management related solutions, including merchant/credit card processing. Further, I am solely responsible for maintaining and strategically growing the Bank’s cash management portfolio and pipeline. In addition to developing new business and managing the Bank’s cash management portfolio, I also perform the role of a relationship manager. The portfolio I manage and have grown over the last five years currently consists of aggregate deposits in the low 8 figures and combined outstanding loan balances in the low 7 figures, as of July, 2013. I have over ten years of experience in banking with a broad range of experience in the areas of cash management, commercial and consumer lending, SBA lending, commercial and consumer deposit solutions, client service, relationship management, operations, and compliance all of which I developed while working at Downey Savings and Loan, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank and currently at Pinnacle Bank.
Mark Waxman

Mark Waxman

Board Member for Strategy,Sponsors and Awareness


Mark Waxman has over twenty-five years experience in marketing and branding. Prior to joining CBIZ, he was CEO/Creative Director of one of Silicon Valley’s most well-known advertising agencies, Carter Waxman.


Most recently, he was a founding partner of SK Consulting (acquired by CBIZ in 1998) providing strategic marketing and branding services to a wide range of companies and industries.

Mr. Waxman has been a featured marketing columnist and contributor to many business and trade publications, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Montalvo Center for the Arts, the West Valley Mission Foundation, and Catholic Charities, and he recently served as the Chairman of the Board of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Board Member & Secretary


Born and raised in San Jose, Robert graduated from San Jose State University in 1989 with a degree in photojournalism. He has more than 20 years in the news business. After graduation, he started a newspaper in Capitola that published for about five years. Shortly after he got a job at the Morgan Hill Times as a reporter. He moved on to the Fremont Argus where he covered City Hall in Union City then covered crime and courts for the cities of Union City, Newark and Fremont.


In 2003, he became the city editor at the Gilroy Dispatch and in 2008 he was promoted to editor of the Morgan Hill Times. In 2013, he helped launch Morgan Hill Life, a new quality-of-life newspaper, where he is the editor.

He is a member of the board of directors for the Morgan Hill Youth Sports Alliance and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Dave Payne

Dave Payne

Center GM and Vice Chairman


Dave is a dedicated futurist and veteran of the high-tech industry, with over 30 years of experience leading teams in the creation, development and operation of advanced systems, technologies, and networks. Dave and his wife Christine are co-principals in a technology consulting practice where he is focused on space system and networking technology, and she on transportation and land use planning. Dave currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for SkyVault Secure Digital Distribution Inc., where he is charged with realizing the enterprise’s vision of providing standardized ultra-secure managed distribution of digital content and associated rights to everyone, everywhere . Dave is also the acting CEO of HALO Inc, focused on RFID applications after the point of sale and highly secure goverment wireless security systems. Other clients include various space startups in the global communications, gaming, encryption, and space nuclear propulstion markets. He has worked as an engineering executive for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Bill Gates’ Teledesic Corporation, as well as other large industrial aerospace firms. Additionally, Dave served as COO for OnVantage, a dot com era ISP with partners AT&T and Hewlett Packard providing internet services, data centers, and applications. Dave is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in System Engineering and Economics. He and Christine have lived in Morgan Hill since the 90s raising their four children and enjoying the urban/rural/coastal mashup that is the South Valley. Dave enjoys home remodeling and jacuzzi maintenance, playing jazz piano, free lance web development, and coaching youth football, basketball, and soccer. And of course, catching gophers…

Fireworks on the Green – Our 4th of July Celebration!

The Morgan Hill Freedom Fest events celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day culminate with the “Fireworks on the Green” show each 4th of July at the Outdoor Sports Center, with each year improving over the previous year’s extravaganza. The large launching field of the southern half of the venue means the Fire Marshal can allow a bigger and better fireworks show providing a spectacular display over Morgan Hill. Food, vendors and live music are also provided as people gather on the Nationally recognized and professionally groomed sports fields of Morgan Hill’s Outdoor Sports Center.

The Outdoor Sports Center

The Center is Northern California’s finest sports destination for Tournaments, Festivals, Camps, Clinics, and Special Events.  Use red side arrows to find out more.

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The Venue



  • 2 all weather lighted fields +28 acres of grass fields!
  • All weather fields with scoreboards and grandstands
  • Full Snack bar with BBQ and a full set of food Trucks
  • 60 ft. air conditioned trailer to use for tournament HQ, referees, etc.
  • Walking distance to over 700 moderately priced hotel rooms and Great Restaurants and Shopping close by
  • 30-60 minutes from four major airports

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A Gorgeous Setting



Morgan hill enjoys a rare combination of features in our area enhanced by the Center that allows us to compete in “the Sports Destination” segment of the tourism market. We bring the perfect California location close to the beach, the Bay Area, Yosemite, and Monterrey for visitors to enjoys side trips. Morgan Hill directly has the California experience of a charming downtown and nearby outlets, golf courses, and the oldest wine region in California. By adding a world class sporting venue like the Sports and Aquatics Centers, we are able to attract National events better than most other locales.


Help Us by Sponsoring, Volunteering or Donating


We offer many opportunities in the community, online, and at both the Outdoor Sports Center as well as the Aquatics Center to Sponsor our facility, programs, and events. Contact us for more information.


We need help at our events like Poppy Jasper and the Fireworks show for set up, helping visitors, and take down.  We especially appreciate folks that can help us running our Community Sports Mentoring Program (info here)

Find Out More about the Morgan Hill Youth Sports Alliance

Contact Us for more Information Contact us at 408 778-3900or email us at info@mhosc.com