INDIANAPOLIS- Last month, clubs and teams all across the nation participated in Youth Soccer Month, a national celebration of soccer in America. With Governor Mitch Daniels officially proclaiming September as "Youth Soccer Month", celebrations kicked off in style throughout Indiana.
In celebration of this awareness campaign, Under-6 (U-6) players of the Ben Davis Soccer Club accompanied the Ben Davis High School varsity soccer team at the beginning of their match against Washington. At halftime, the U-6 players displayed their talents, scrimmaging a nine-minute game in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
"Youth Soccer Month provides an excellent vehicle to bring awareness to the programs Ben Davis Soccer Club has to offer a young soccer athlete," said Chris Williams, president of Ben Davis Soccer Club. "We emphasize having fun, first and foremost, while also developing age appropriate skills of the players."
Indiana Soccer’s Director of Education, Steve Franklin and members of IUPUI’s Men’s Soccer team conducted a free youth clinic as part of its National Youth Soccer Month Celebration. The clinic, which was enjoyed by a combined 100+ area youth and parents, allowed players and parents to experience the Fun, Family, Friends and Fitness values of the month long initiative. Participants were then guests of IUPUI, allowing all to take in the Jaguars – Eastern Illinois University match.
“In a combined effort with the IUPUI players and Head Coach Isang Jacob, Indiana Soccer was able to connect the youth players and their parents with fun activities which promote the values of US Youth Soccer Association - Youth Soccer month”, stated Director of Coaching Education Steve Franklin. “A fantastic turnout, an excellent match and an opportunity for the kids to enjoy playing on the new surface at Carroll Stadium. That’s what the games all about.”
With 19 million children participating in soccer nationally, more children participate in organized soccer than youth football, baseball or basketball. Throughout each week of Youth Soccer Month, participating clubs and teams emphasize one of four messages: Fun, Family, Friendship or Fitness.
"Youth Soccer Month activities allow these young athletes to showcase their teamwork and individual skills to an audience outside of normal club activities,” added Williams. "It’s been wildly successful for us and we look forward to it each year!"
Special appreciation to the cities that proclaimed September as the Youth Soccer Month
Indiana - Gov. Mitch Daniels
Westfield - Mayor J. Andrew Cook
Indianapolis - Mayor Gregory A. Ballard
Bedford - Mayor Shawna M. Girgis
Warsaw - Mayor Joseph M. Thallemer
Terre Haute - Mayor Duke A. Bennett
Bloomington - Mayor Mark Kruzan
Kokomo - Mayor Greg Goodnight
See more pictures of events / activities during the Youth Soccer Month in 2012