The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's soccer team has always excelled on the field and in the classroom, but now the women are taking that success to their volunteer work with organizations, such as the Top Soccer and Grassroots Soccer Program. In March, the Saints put on the Top Soccer event with U.S. Soccer Association, which provided a day where special needs children in the area could come out and enjoy playing soccer with some of the best coaches and athletes around. The girls had the opportunity to partner with an OLLU soccer athlete throughout the day, and the women helped coach the youngsters in drills and games. Maggie Miller, a Saints' freshman, stated that, "It was great to come out and work with the kids. I really enjoyed helping the kids have fun playing the game that I love."
In addition, this past week, the U.S. Men's National Team traveled to San Antonio to play the Mexican National Team in a friendly match, in which they won 2-1. However, that wasn't the only big event going on that week. In preparation for the game, the Grassroots Soccer Program hosted STYSA and U.S. Soccer, and put on a free clinic for the inner city youth of the community. The two-hour camp provided the children with a t-shirt, the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in the country, and an experience that they will never forget. At the event, the Saints were put in charge of assisting the coaches with the six and younger age group, where they helped set up, demonstrate drills, and coach the youngsters through their games. Alissa Villarreal, a junior and co-captain on the Saints team, stated after the event, that, "The camp was a great success. I have never seen so many kids show up at a clinic, like I did today. The kids were all well behaved and extremely skilled, and at the end of the day the bond that we created with the kids and the other coaches is one of a kind."
The Saints continue to work hard on and off the field, also partnering with organizations, like the YWCA, in order to provide inner city kids with every opportunity to advance their soccer ability. For more information on the events in on Top Soccer, visit the STYSA or U.S. Soccer websites and local YWCA for information on the soccer programs in the area.