Jan. 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven members of the Florida State women’s soccer team spent part of their Saturday afternoon running a soccer clinic for Tallahassee children at the new Tallahassee Sportsplex on Sessions Road. The clinic was open to children of all ages and approximately 30 children received two hours of free instruction from members of the nation’s 12th-ranked women’s soccer team.
“We are a brand new facility and we are getting ready to kick off our inaugural season of adult and children’s soccer leagues,” said Scott Huerkamp, co-owner of the Tallahassee Sportsplex. “We contacted the FSU coaches and they were very enthused about helping out. Off of that one phone call, we got seven of their players to volunteer their time and come out and run a clinic. It says volumes about their program and quality of the kids on their team to come out and work in the community.”
Seniors April Murphy and Sarah Deacon, sophomores Meredith Jones and Cindy Schofield and freshmen Emma Breland, Summer Corum and Tori George worked with kids ranging in age from 5 to 12 on the fundamentals of soccer and then coached them in a series of five-on-five scrimmage at the end of the session.
“I love working with this age group,” said Deacon. “It is so much fun to teach children the fundamentals of soccer and this age group is so receptive to learning new things.”
The Tallahassee Sportsplex, or “The Rink”, opened in October and has already begun to form a six-team league for adults with games being played Monday and Tuesday evenings. The Rink’s management is also hoping to start a youth league in the near future and was encouraged by the number of children who showed up for the free clinic.
“The kids had an opportunity to work individually with the Seminole players and everyone had a really good time,” said Huerkamp. “We want to do more clinics and are planning on holding a much larger one this summer. The FSU players did a fantastic job instructing and interacting with the kids and we hope to have them involved with our future clinics.”
The Seminole soccer team won the Athletic Director’s Cup for Service at the 2000 Golden Nole Banquet after recording 719 hours of volunteer work in 1999. The team is striving to top the 34.24 hours per team member they posted in 1999 and will continue their efforts February 17 when they help erect a house for Habitat for Humanity.