It was a rainy President’s Day and kids were out of school. A perfect day for some indoor fun!
GSI Sports and Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields teamed up to keep young athletes busy at the third annual soccer clinic. More than 75 kids worked on their soccer skills while raising money for a great charity on Monday, February 20, 2017.
The Third Annual Shield’s SAFEHOME Soccer Clinic at 68’s Inside Sports, Shield’s indoor sports facility, hosted over 75 kids ages 7 to 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The clinic was coached by members of the Kansas City Comets and FC Kansas City. Each attendee received a t-shirt and a “Will Power” bag full of items donated by generous sponsors including Sport Shake, HCA Midwest Health and Pinstripes. SAFEHOME provided some goodies as well.
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with all the kids at the SAFEHOME Clinic. Our aim was to provide a fun experience for them while sharing the message of maintaining healthy relationships,” said Huw Williams, GSI Sports Director.
All the proceeds from the clinic will benefit SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s only provider of comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and partner abuse. Through SAFEHOME’s shelter and community services, approximately 7,300 individuals each year receive the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives. Shield’s has been a longtime supporter of SAFEHOME and a longtime advocate of tackling domestic abuse.
“It’s very important to be able to reach the kids early so they understand what a positive behavior versus negative behavior is. I think the more you get a chance to get in front of kids and tell them about the process of being positive and good and helping people along, I think it’s always a good point to be able to do that,” he said.
The event was followed by a “Bottomless Pasta Dinner” at Pinstripes of Overland Park from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The dinner was open to the general public and Pinstripes served spaghetti and meatballs, chop salad and house-made cookies. Twenty percent of the total sales from the dinner were donated to SAFEHOME.