Jun. 11—HERMITAGE — Children with an interest in soccer will have a chance to sharpen their skills and meet new people at an upcoming soccer camp — which is being offered next week at no-cost.
The camp will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hermitage Athletic Complex at 750 S. Darby Road, Hermitage. Children ages five through seven are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m., while eight- through 10 year-olds are scheduled for 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Organizing the camp is Stephen Morimando, the head girls soccer coach at Hickory High School whose coaching career includes two stints at the Mercer Area Middle/High School, Lubbock Christian University and FC Dallas in Texas, and Concord University in West Virginia.
Morimando has organized similar soccer camps in the past that required a fee for participants, but said he wants this upcoming camp to be free for children, whether its someone who may not otherwise have the opportunity or someone who already plays soccer.
Morimando said he approached Hermitage city officials about using the athletic complex for the camp, and they supported the idea. Participates will receive some complimentary gear as well, although being able to bring people together, both children and parents, is beneficial on its own, he said.
"There are so many people out there that we would never get to meet unless we were involved in a sport, whether that's a church activity or a community activity," Morimando said.
As of Monday, there were about 40 to 45 children already registered, although Morimando said parents can still register their children if they arrive the day of.
"I think it can benefit any of these kids, whether they're already playing soccer or they're trying to play, it can help take them to the next level," Morimando said.
Morimando said he has enough volunteers to handing coaching for the camp, but any financial support toward gear for the children would be appreciated.
For registration information or to support the camp, visit www.topendsoccer.com.
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