Kids – 198, Parents – . . . who cares what the score was, everybody wins!

Everybody wins!

The Spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer came to an end last Saturday with the traditional kids vs. parents games.  Friends and family members cheered as parents put on their sneakers and chased the ball up and down the soccer field. And in the spirit of CPYSL, everybody won — enjoying another beautiful Saturday of fresh air, sunshine and healthy exercise!

We had a great season despite a couple of rain-outs, a lot of dust and some mud. Thanks to the organizational skills of soccer parent (and sponsor) Grace O’Donnell, coaches and players were treated to a delicious potluck picnic, feasting on family favorites and local treats. Many thanks go to our ranks of coaches, who include parents, college students and local volunteers who just want to share their love of soccer.

We started the season with the sorrow of saying good-bye to the founder and long-time (solo) organizer of CPYSL, Paul Brooks. The generosity of Paul’s family and friends has established the Paul Brooks Youth Soccer Scholarship fund, ensuring that — as was always Paul’s practice — all children have the chance to participate regardless of family finances.

On behalf of the children who participate (nearly 200 this season!) we’d like to express our gratitude to the individuals, local organizations and businesses who help to sponsor the Clark Park Youth Soccer program:

Margaret Brooks Dr. Vivianne Nachmias
Daroff Properties O’Donnell Real Estate
Goffredo Plumbing Orange Octopus Consulting
Green Line Cafe Reading Terminal Market
Metropolitan Bakery U.S. Navy (via Charles Larson)
Michael’s Custom Cuts Vineyard Church
Milk and Honey

Thanks all, for a great season — see you in September!

CPYSL Players and Coaches Brave the Cold!

Kids and Coaches

Kids and Coaches

Despite the windy cold, kids and coaches had a great time last Saturday learning soccer skills at Clark Park. Registration hit record numbers again this season, with a new team of 8-11 year olds added to meet the demand in the afternoon.

Many, many thanks to all of our volunteer coaches — college students, parents, parents of future soccer players, and people who just want to share their love for the game of soccer.  Some have mad soccer skills; some bring their expertise in working with children, but they all come together to make this great program possible!

Anyone looking for a great opportunity to play in the park every Saturday?

We’ve signed up a record number of kids for the Clark Park Youth Soccer League and need a few more coaches to work with the 8-11 year old kids. You don’t have to have mad soccer skills — just know a little bit about the game and enjoy spending time with kids. It’s great exercise, a lot of fun, and you get a really cool t-shirt!

If you’re interested, just email us at clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com.

Kick-off day for the Spring soccer season is Saturday!

Registration/sign-in will be in Griffith Hall (across 43rd St. from the park, see Griffith Hall Map) starting at 10:30. Teams are still filling up, but we’ll take as many walk-in registrations as we can. You can download forms at http://www.friendsofclarkpark.org/?page_id=58 to speed-up the registration process.

If it’s too rainy to play Saturday morning, we’ll still be doing registration!