Goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson Johnson poses with a clinic attendee.
April 26, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - On April 17, the Lady Vol soccer team took the time to give back to the Knoxville community, hosting a skills clinic for over 300 children from the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and the One Goal League, organized by Mt. Olive Baptist Church at the new Regal Soccer Stadium on the Knoxville campus.
The members of the three-time Southeastern Conference champion squad and staff hosted several stations that concentrated on different skills of the game, much the same as they do at UT's annual summer camps in Knoxville.
"We are always looking for ways to give back to the community, and clinics, such as this one, are a perfect example," said Tennessee head coach Angela Kelly. "It is great for the young kids to have role models and to have the opportunity to interact with the current student-athletes. Having over 300 youth players here this evening is a tremendous turnout, and we hope that they will all come back to fill our brand new facility this fall."
The skills stations incorporated many technical skills that campers would experience throughout a week at camp. The games are a fun way to teach skills like shooting, dribbling, heading, passing and juggling.
"It was fun working with the children," said sophomore forward Kylee Rossi. "We enjoy the chance to give back to the local kids."
One of the children celebrated his birthday on the field, shown here with UT sophomore goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson.
Tennessee will open its 12th season on the pitch this fall at the First Tennessee Classic, set for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, as UT will welcome UCF, Minnesota and Penn State for the first official matches at the newly-finished Regal Soccer Stadium.
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