CIU Soccer Team Conducts Clinic for SOAR Program
The CIU Rams men's soccer team had a blast with the soccer players involved in the SOAR Soccer Program at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning. The team conducted a free soccer clinic for over 100 players ages 3-17 who are getting ready to start their spring season with SOAR.
The CIU players served as coaches and taught basic soccer skills and led a number of soccer drills and games. At the end of the 2 hour clinic, CIU soccer players Mitchell Roberts, Charles Fowler, Jacob Rechenbach, Abe Vazquez, and Stephen Replogle did a short skit designed to teach the kids about God's love. Then CIU soccer player (and former SOAR soccer player himself) Ethan Chandler used the J316 soccer ball to share the Gospel story with the kids.
One of the core values of the men's soccer team is sports ministry, and Saturday's clinic gave the team the opportunity to use soccer in ministry and give back to the community.
Coach Whitaker said this about the opportunity: "I was so proud of our guys. It's exciting to see our players have so much fun as they invest in these kids and use soccer as a tool to encourage and minister to them. I think we may have some future coaches in this group!"
Mark Terry, director of the SOAR Sports Program, had this to say about the clinic: "Things went really well Saturday. We have received so many compliments about how great the coaches were and how enthusiastic they were also. I appreciated their intensity and passion to make it fun for the kids."