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Keeping Christ First in Community Outreach

On Saturday, August 29, the Clearwater Christian College men’s and women’s soccer teams held a sports clinic in conjunction with Skycrest Christian School in Clearwater, Florida. Twenty-eight men and six women athletes gave up their Saturday and spent it teaching children the basics of soccer.

Rick Green, the Skycrest KidsZone Soccer Coach was very appreciative. He said, “I am not sure that I can say thank you enough for the ‘servant’s heart’ that your men’s and women’s soccer teams displayed this past Saturday. The light of Christ showed through your program so brightly that we could have held this clinic at midnight and it would have looked like high noon… while their uniforms may have said Clearwater Christian College, their passion and energy spoke volumes about the real team they played for—God’s team!”

Over 100 K-4 to 4th grade children were in attendance at the KidzZone soccer clinic. Some CCC athletes taught ball handling, passing, shooting, and dribbling, while others conducted specific skill clinics. During the breaks, CCC athletes brought the children together and shared the plan of salvation using the J316 Ball—a special ministry tool similar to the Wordless Book. The day was rounded out with a ladder tournament, World Cup games, and then finished with the Player of the Day award bestowed upon each child in attendance.

Senior accounting major and CCC athlete, Justin Makso enjoyed the experience. “The clinic was a lot of fun. Spending time teaching kids something that I love to do is always exciting. It reminds me of how I used to be when I was their age and gives me an opportunity to give back in the same way that my coaches have done for me my whole life. The soccer team and I spent time teaching the kids new games that are not only fun, but also teach the fundamentals of soccer that need to be practiced from a young age. I would certainly go help out at the clinic again.”

In a letter of thanks to Dr. Stratton, Rick Green said, “Our cup overflowed with the love and service of your young adults. At our service on Sunday morning, there was still a buzz going on about your clinic.” Skycrest Christian School and Church was blessed by the physical and spiritual efforts of the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

Click on the following link for more photos from the event:
Photo Gallery: Soccer Clinic