Marc J. Small was a Lower Providence resident and played soccer throughout his youth for Methacton United Soccer Club and Methacton High School. Marc was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan. On February 12, 2009, Marc was killed in action in service to our grateful nation.
Marc became a medic with the Army’s Special Forces to care for his comrades in arms, as well as some of the poorest, most oppressed people on earth. As evidence to his intelligence, motivation, and courage, Marc quickly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, learned the invaluable skills necessary to care for soldiers and civilians, and earned the coveted “Green Beret.” Marc had only been in Afghanistan for 3 weeks when he was killed, but during that time, he treated 40 patients per day and built important relationships with the local people and children.
To honor Marc’s memory, FC Montco sponsors the annual Marc J. Small Memorial Soccer Tournament. This small-sided soccer tournament focuses on elements that were an important part of Marc’s personality and life: strength, bravery, and character.
All proceeds from the tournament fund two $3,000 Marc J. Small Memorial Scholarships awarded annually to a male and a female senior from the Methacton High School soccer teams who have played for FC Montco. See 2022 Scholarship Application for details.
Rather than reward solely on academic or athletic success, these scholarships are awarded based on the traits that Marc most personified: Strength, bravery and character. After a rigorous evaluation of written applications, coaches recommendations and personal references, Marc's family felt that Ruby and Quinton best embodied these ideals.
Ruby played soccer at Methacton United from Pee Wees through U16. She was a four year Varsity starter for MHS Girls, and two time Team Captain. During her time on the Varsity team, she was also three time All Area Honorable Mention. Ruby also plays lacrosse in Spring, and was a four year Varsity starter for HS lacrosse, as well, and 2nd Team All Conference in 2022. She will be attending James Madison University in the Fall, and plans to study Business Administration.
Quinton Stemler played soccer for Methacton United/FC Montco for ten years, and all four years of this high school career at MHS. He discovered his love for soccer while living overseas (specifically while living in Budapest), and was born in South Africa. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2011, and found a great many friendships through a common love for soccer. He also runs track, plays lacrosse, and is an avid skier. He also loves traveling, the outdoors, and volunteering in the community. He will be furthering his studies and athletic career at Wofford College.
Ruby and Quinton will each receive $3,000 scholarships to apply toward their higher education goals, a plaque honoring their achievement, and their names are engraved on the perpetual award displayed at Methacton High School.