Published: Sep 2, 2010
Jazmin Perry ’12 enjoys many things about soccer including the
competition and the rules of the game. So when the Spartan forward had
the opportunity to share her love of the game with youngsters, she was
“Soccer is something I love to do, and I know a lot
about,” said Perry, an allied health major, who helped lead a soccer
clinic for the City of Tampa’s children’s soccer league. “It was a lot
UT’s women’s soccer team
participated in the Aug. 28 event which was free to the children and
part of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association’s fundraising
campaign to purchase new soccer goals to replace the degrading ones in
the community’s Henry and Ola Park where the league plays.
by the association and the Old Seminole Heights Preservation
Consortium, UT’s women’s soccer teamed up with Eddie Oyakhilome of the
EJJE Soccer Academy to teach about 40 kids how to improve their game.
taught the children certain moves and tried dribbling with them,” Perry
said. “I was pretty excited that the kid I was teaching learned the
Midfielder Samantha Kay ’12 hoped that the experience
encouraged the children to continue with their education through college
and to keep playing soccer.
“I just hope it gave them something to look up to,” said Kay, who is majoring in advertising and public relations.
Hicks, president of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association,
saw the UT team encouraging the few girls present to participate.
the event started on Saturday morning, several girls held back until
the UT team showed up and only then did they participate,” Hicks said.
“Once everyone was enjoying the clinic, I saw the women drilling both
boys and girls, one-on-one, in foot work, accuracy and other important
skills. That sounds all serious, but the real picture was just pure
For head coach Gerry Lucey
that was the whole reason he wanted the Spartans to participate. In the
off season, he said the team plans to get more involved in similar
events as a way to support the community.
“We just wanted to
bring across the joy of the game and the love of the game we have to
them,” Lucey said. “Hopefully the kids will take something away from
it.”Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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