September 19, 2009

Soccer Kids of America, a Raleigh based non-profit organization, celebrates Youth Soccer Month by kicking off the season at four elementary schools in the Triangle area.

Raleigh, North Carolina, September 19, 2009 – Soccer Kids of America (SKA), a Raleigh based non-profit organization, kicked off “Youth Soccer Month” by bringing the game to four Title I elementary schools in the Triangle area. The participating schools include Brentwood Elementary in Raleigh, and Merrick Moore Elementary, YE Smith Elementary and WG Pearson Elementary in Durham.

SKA is a non-profit organization that teaches children life skills, including respect, integrity, teamwork, perseverance, diversity, sportsmanship, and healthy lifestyles all through the medium of soccer. The program focuses on low income at-risk youth and consists of one-hour sessions during after-school hours once a week for seven weeks. This fall season, SKA will potentially impact up to 100 children who might not have the opportunity to play soccer outside of the non-profit program.

Yael Averbuch, midfielder for the women’s professional Sky Blue Football Club and former star of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team, had a chance to experience the positive influence SKA has on the under served soccer community. On the “September 11 Day of Service” Athletes for Hope charity sent Averbuch to two of the schools working with SKA.

"It was very touching to see how enthusiastic the kids were about Soccer Kids of America. I think that soccer, and sports in general have a wonderful power to inspire and give hope, and I saw that first-hand today," said Averbuch.

Erin Johnson, Founder and President of SKA, feels Averbuch’s appearance generated excitement for the upcoming season. “"Soccer Kids of America deeply appreciates Athletes for Hope for connecting us with Yael Averbuch. On September 11 she visited two “Title 1” elementary schools in Durham, North Carolina. She got the children excited about the upcoming Soccer Kids of America season where they will learn life skills and healthy lifestyles through the sport of soccer. The children were in awe of her juggling skills,” said Johnson.

As Johnson plans to launch Soccer Kids of America nation-wide, she is hoping more schools will realize the benefits of incorporating SKA in their after-school programs.

The Soccer Kids of America program is sponsored by Soccer.com, Hosted Solutions, Carolina Railhawks, and Preation.

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