The Sandwich Recreation Department has agreed to take over operation and management of Sandwich Youth Soccer.
In a related development, Sandwich Youth Soccer is dissolving as an independent organization.1
The fall soccer program, which had been run privately for years, is being voluntarily turned over to the town in the wake of a Sandwich police investigation into missing funds and of the resignation of its treasurer, Kimberly J. Hanson of Pierre Vernier Drive.
The police investigation is continuing.
John S. Simkins, president of Sandwich Youth Soccer, said last month that the organization had brought in a forensic accountant to review its books.
He declined to estimate how much money is missing, or how much money the organization, which is private, takes in annually.
Just over 1,000 youths participated in Sandwich Youth Soccer’s most recent season, according to Mr. Simkins.
He said the organization has been offering the largest youth soccer program in the town and one of the largest in Massachusetts.
The organization operated a soccer schedule from the last week in August to the first week in November, using the town fields at the Henry T. Wing School.
Sandwich Recreation will be running the program this fall, according to Sandwich Recreation Director Guy J. Boucher
Starting this week, the town recreation department will be taking registrations at www.sandwichrec.com.
All families that already have registered with Sandwich Youth Soccer for the pending fall season will be transferred to the Sandwich Recreation Department and will not have to register again.
Alluding to the financial irregularity at Sandwich Youth Soccer, Mr. Boucher emphasized that all town funds, including all recreation department program funds, are overseen by bonded employees, and are scrutinized by the state Department of Revenue as well as independent auditors.
As such, Mr. Boucher said, all recreation department funds are managed with strong internal controls, which come with a complete set of financial checks and balances.
“Sandwich Recreation is asking for support from all past and current volunteers to help make this transition seamless for the hundreds of participants involved in the program,” Mr. Boucher said.
“We thank you in advance for your support and understanding in this time of transition and look forward to another great fall youth soccer season,” he said.
1. Update July 18, 2014, 6:53 PM. This sentence was left off the original posting of the story.