(Club release) Two players from the Sounders U23 squad and two players from the Sounders Women squad appeared at Soos Creek elementary school yesterday through a continuing initiative to give back to local youth in the community. The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams operate as a separate but affiliated business to the Sounders FC brand.
Alex DeCarolis, a defender from Ontario, Canada, along with Michael Bajza, a midfielder from Tampa, Florida worked with kids through the Soos Creek Family Fitness Event at Soos Creek elementary school in Kent. Ashley Clark from Cary, North Carolina and Rose Hull from Nashville, Tennessee, represented the Sounders Women in fine fashion. The event was developed by Niki Bonnell, a local soccer player, teacher, and coach who has played and worked for the Sounders Women team for years.
“The Soos Creek elementary classroom visits and soccer skills clinic yesterday were a rousing success,” explained Bonnell,” The kids were through the moon excited and we had over 100 participants of all ages after school at the clinic.”
The community outreach opportunities allow a great vehicle for community connection and a great example for the young people that yearn for role models. The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women business wishes to continue to be a community asset and working with young children through school visits and clinics is a great avenue to allow people to see the great work these young athletes are doing on and off the field.
“Alex, Mike, Ashley and Rose were the most eloquent athlete speakers I’ve ever had and were naturals with the kids. This is a win-win situation in the shared enthusiasm for soccer and sport and I think the players had as much fun as the students,” finished Bonnell.
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Lane Smith, Co-owner for the Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams, continued, “Working in the community is really the charter of our business. The young amateur players look to make it as professional players but the percentage who make it is less than those who do. These opportunities give both the players on our teams and the community we serve great growth opportunities to develop in group settings.”
The Sounders U23 team plays one final pre-season tune up this Sunday, May 17th versus the South Sound Shock at 2pm at Sunset Stadium in Sumner before opening the PDL season on May 24th at Sunset. The Sounders Women open their W-League season at the Arizona Strikers on May 24th before returning to Starfire Stadium on May 30th against the Colorado Storm. Tickets and the full season schedules can be found on the websites at http://www.soundersu23.com and http://www.sounderswomen.com .