SAN ANTONIO (March 30, 2012) -- Members of the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's soccer team, Bianca Ramirez and Lexie Perez, participated in the Third Annual TopSoccer Festival hosted by Morgan's Wonderland and STAR Soccer Complex on March 24.
"I enjoyed seeing all the kids have fun. They didn't care about their situation, they just wanted to have fun and play soccer, and we enjoyed helping them," Ramirez said.
The event was full of energy and fun. Bob WIlde, STYSA Coach, and John Tomas, Former Assistant National Director of U.S. Youth Soccer, with the help of local club and college coaches, including those from OLLU, got players started at 9 a.m. by having them and their Buddy kick the balls. Then the coaches led the players and buddies through a series of skills demonstrations, activities and games. The players performed and practiced a series of techniques like dribbling, push passes, knee passe and various types of freestyle passes. The day included other fun ball activities and games designed to give children with special needs the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a fun environment.
OLLU's Ramirez and Perez served as volunteer coaches at the event helping the young athletes with a series of skill demonstrations, activities and games.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant