Custom soccer clinics grows game for children in community.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 29, 2021) – Over 50 children, players, and coaches gathered at the Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center for an afternoon of kicks, sunshine, and smiles. The special event funded by Kosair Charities invited children from a partner organization to a two-hour soccer clinic including a mix of soccer stations and drills led by players and coaches from Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC.
“Our goal was to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for these kids,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “There’s no better investment you can make than in our community’s children. Thanks to our donors, LouCity, Racing Lou, and Bridge Kids International for joining us to make this opportunity possible.”
Kosair Charities provides financial support through an annual grants program, as well as for areas such as the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Kosair Kids Experience Fund, which made this event possible. The goal is to provide unique, safe, accessible experiences for kids and partner organizations which otherwise may not be possible. Kosair Charities is a sponsorship partner to Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC and camp attendees were from their partner organization Bridge Kid’s International. They are a global non-profit based in Louisville using culture, community, and connection to promote African heritage to support the well-being of young people.
Feedback from participating organizations includes:
“Bridge Kids International was excited to partner with Lou City/Racing Lou and Kosair Charities to bring this unique opportunity to young people. The players so generously shared their time and talent and created an environment of acceptance and joy,” said – Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Executive Director. “From a 4-year-old doing drills with determination to a 13-year- old who arrived in full soccer gear, each kid knew he/she was part of something special and they loved it! We are thrilled to consider Lou City/Racing Lou a new community partner.”
Personally, it’s special to me being able to be a part of an activity/sport that brings people together of all ages/backgrounds/nationalities/ and upbringings, to just have fun,” said Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC player. “When you get to work with children and teach them how to kick a soccer ball or dribble around cones for the first time – to visibly notice them laughing, smiling, and having a joyful time is heartwarming. You never know what kind of troubles, if any, they may be going through so to have an opportunity for at least an hour or so of the day to provide some excitement to them, we are all for it!”
Echoes Lauren Milliet, Racing Louisville FC Player, “It means a lot for us to give back to the community. It was literally so fun. I had a blast. I was laughing the whole time. Those kids were so awesome.”
The event was held on Monday, July 19 from 1-3 at the new Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center, with photos by Natosha Cundiff Photography.
About Kosair Charities:
Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.