Jun 8, 2011
By George Mauzy
The deadline for the June 20-23 PLAY SOCCER camp for area youth has been extended. Registration will now be open for children in grades 1-8 until June 20.
The four-day camp will take place on the football practice fields behind Peden Stadium and costs $45 per child. Each child will receive a T-shirt and soccer ball.
During the camp, area youth will learn soccer from an African perspective when more than 40 youth soccer coaches from Ghana, South Africa and Senegal visit Athens. The camp is part of the "Soccer for Education and Cultural Exchange" project.
The African coaches' visit is part of the $225,000 grant-funded program, "Soccer for Education and Cultural Exchange," being led by a team of Ohio University faculty and administrators. It is funded by a 2009 U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' SportsUnited Office grant awarded to Ohio University and PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International.
Athens area young adults also will serve as camp coaches as part of PLAY SOCCER's Appalachia initiative.
The OHIO team running the training program includes: David Carr, associate professor of recreation and sport pedagogy; Gerard Akindes, technology coordinator for the College of Health Sciences and Professions; Sheri Huckleberry, Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy coordinator for the online master's degree in coaching education; Doug Franklin, associate dean for campus recreation; and Andrew Kreutzer, associate professor of sport administration.
Ohio University's grant partner is PLAY SOCCER Non-Profit International, a year-round, integrated educational curriculum that focuses on health, social, and soccer/football skills. The program teaches children soccer and social skills and addresses health topics like HIV/AIDS, malaria, nutrition, hygiene and clean water. In Africa, the program will be implemented through PLAY SOCCER Non-profit International, and the PLAY SOCCER network of country organizations.
For more information about the project or to request an application for the camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Grover Center E160.