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Soccer Without Borders

Posted: 04/16/2009

For the second straight year, Skidmore varsity soccer players have opted to spend a week as volunteer coaches for a youth soccer camp offered during the local school district’s spring break.

The camp continues an alliance with Soccer Without Borders, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that operates in the U.S. and internationally. Staffed entirely by volunteers, its mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth. In partnership with communities, the organization creates programs that reinforce the importance of young people making healthy choices for their futures.

On Skidmore’s Wachenheim Field this week, 115 eager young soccer players age eight and older have worked under the guidance of Skidmore athletes, who have divided their time between the clinic and a busy class schedule. The college students took the campers through drills like the ones they themselves went through in varsity soccer practices, teaching basic skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting that are necessary to play at the next level.

Last year, the spring break soccer camp raised more than $4,600 for Soccer Without Borders; a similar amount from this year’s camp will be used to support a soccer program in Uganda.

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