BY ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield High School soccer boosters had its annual Summer Kid’s Camp for Canfield Soccer Club recreational league players June 17-21. The boosters sponsored the youth soccer camp, which was offered at the Herbert Road Fields, in conjunction with the Canfield High School boys and girls soccer team members, coach Phil Simone, girls junior varsity coach Aleesha Denmeade, boys junior varsity coach Kyle Reese and goalie trainer Mike Thomas.
Each day, the high school players helped the 91 campers, from age 5-12, practice passing, shooting, dribbling or defense with an emphasis on individual skills, team work, sportsmanship and fun.
“The campers have the same coaches throughout the week and they concentrate on specific drills and skills throughout the week,” said Heidi Saleh, coordinator of the camp.
The boosters added another dimension to the camp by scheduling daily themes, including: Monday as Cardinals Colors Day, during which campers wore red and black clothes; Tuesday as Crazy Socks Day, when campers wore any type of silly socks; Wednesday as Hat Day, when children wore any kind of hat; Thursday was Backwards Day, during which the campers wore their clothes backwards and Friday was World Cup Day, during which dressed up for their World Cup team.
At the end of each day of camp, the boosters had drawings for prizes with each of the camper’s names included.
“Our volunteers booster parents provide many of the prizes. By the end of camp, every child receives a prize,“ said Saleh.
One lucky camper won an autographed ball which was donated by The Columbus Crew. Each participant received a camp T-shirt.
The camp is a fundraiser for Canfield High School Soccer Boosters, with the proceeds going back into the program for various team expenses.
“Our goal with this camp is to raise funds for the high school teams, but it is also important because the youth in our community are learning skills from our high school students,” Saleh said.
Sponsors of the camp included CHS soccer parents, White House Fruit Farm, Title Works Agency LLC, J.R. Grinders, Eagle Rental, Pepsi Co., Comprehensive Logistics and EAGB Enterprises.