Women’s soccer concludes S.O.C.C.E.R. community service program

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Garden planted at Boys and Girls Club to commemorate program on Global Youth Service Day

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 25, 2012) – The ETSU women’s soccer team continued to strengthen ETSU’s mission of, “preparing students to become productive, enlightened citizens who actively serve their communities and our world,” by participating in last Friday’s Global Youth Service Day.

The Buccaneers commemorated the day by planting a garden at The Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County, marking the end of the first SOCCER (Stopping Obesity in Children through Creative Education and Reinforcement) program. The program began in late January as the ETSU women’s soccer team, ETSU College of Public Health, Youth Services America (YSA), and Boys and Girls Club teamed up to help local area youth create and implement hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity.

Every Tuesday and Thursday since the program’s initiation, members of the ETSU women’s soccer team have gone to the Boys and Girls Club to teach clinics in order to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among the youth of Johnson City. The clinics included active soccer drills and scrimmages as part of the YSA’s mission of fighting childhood obesity.   

“I want to give a special thanks to our anonymous donor which provided funds for the SOCCER t-shirts and the new soccer equipment for the Boys and Girls Club,” said Emma Apatu, a community outreach volunteer and Dr. of Public Health student at ETSU. “I also want to thank Lisa, Rodney and Junior from Home Depot for their support with the garden, as well as Master Gardner Natalie Manor from Carver Recreation for her gardening expertise and support. Lastly, I need to thank College of Public Health volunteers Hannah DeArmond, Manual Gonzalez, David Hewson, Lindsay Evans; the ETSU women’s soccer team and the Boyd and Girls staff.”

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes pride in its community service activities and strives for 100 percent participation from its student-athletes, coaches and administrators throughout the year.

For more information on ETSU women’s soccer, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s soccer links.

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