March 23, 2011

Soccer program takes time to give back to area youth

On Saturday, March 19 the CUA men’s soccer team took time to host a group of boys and girls for its third annual Soccer Madness.  Men’s soccer alum David Hidalgo ’07 began the program, bringing children throughout the Washington area to learn the game of soccer while remaining active.

An elementary school teacher on Capitol Hill, Hidalgo was a member of AmeriCorps for the last two years, and has been the leader of CUA’s Soccer Madness for the last three.

“This is an event we are extremely proud to be a part of,” Cardinals Head Coach Travis Beauchamp said.  “Our guys look forward to working with the kids and teaching them about soccer, but they also take away a great deal themselves.  There isn’t a better feeling than seeing those kids smile and enjoy themselves out on the field.”

During the most recent event, Beauchamp and members of the CUA men’s and women’s soccer programs hosted 50 kids ranging in age from pre-kindergarten up to fourth grade.  The children were split into groups and had a chance to work with the Cardinals in a range of drills and games.

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