Soccer Team Leads Clinic

Wendy Andrade works with kids at the soccer clinic.

Wendy Andrade works with students at
Saul Morowitz school.
Photo by Myra Miller.

The Eutectic women’s soccer team hosted a clinic at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community elementary school on Sunday, Nov. 23, to introduce kindergarten through fourth-grade students to the basics of soccer, as well as the lessons of character that can be learned through athletics. 20 elementary students participated in the two-hour program which was part of a larger initiative at the school, designed by St. Louis College of Pharmacy adjunct instructor Myra Miller, to introduce the benefits of athletics to the students.

The rainy weather forced the program inside, but that didn’t affect the enthusiasm of those involved. The Lady Euts engaged the students with basic soccer training skills while challenging the students to employ the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character (integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership) in sports and their daily lives. The Mirowitz players signed a Champions of Character letter (just like the NAIA college athletes do) confirming their commitment to knowing, doing, and valuing the right things in all areas of life.

Second-year midfielder, who was in charge of organizing the Eutectic team, found the experience rewarding.

Eutectic women's soccer players who assisted with the program.
Eutectic soccer players pause for a group
photo during the clinic.
Photo by Myra Miller.

“My favorite part of this experience was being able to voluntarily help out an amazing group of kids who are not fortunate enough to have sports foundation at their school,” Andrade said. “It was very eye-opening seeing their dedication and their willingness to learn about the sport.”

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy women’s basketball team will host a similar clinic at the school in December.

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