Written by Rosemary Leonetti/Syntax
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Academy Mariners soccer team took time out of their preseason preparations to serve as instructors at the Long Beach Soccer Club Skills Clinic on Aug. 17.
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The Mariners players and coaches
organized drills and competitions for children ranging in age from 6 to 12 while
teaching the fundamentals of soccer and sportsmanship. Approximately 30 Long
Beach youths attended the clinic at Veterans Memorial Field at Long Beach Middle School.
“It was a great experience for everyone involved,” said Mike Smolens, head soccer coach at USMMA. “The participants learned some soccer and had fun, and our players had a great time giving back to the community.”
“The USMMA athletes did a wonderful job of interacting with the Long Beach students,” said Arnold Epstein, Long Beach director of athletics, physical education and health. “The warmth and enthusiasm they showed made the clinic a great experience for all. I am sure our youngsters will remember this special event for some time.”
The Long Beach Soccer Club strives to provide developmental and competitive soccer for community children ages 4-19 in a safe and nurturing environment.