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With the arrival of summer vacation also comes parents’ task of selecting activities to keep their children physically and mentally active and engaged until school resumes. One option that is growing in popularity is the community soccer team. With concerns of costs for uniforms and equipment above and beyond the registration fee, it is not uncommon for parents to ponder if it is worth it to make the financial investment.
Speaking as a parent who has done it multiple times, I can assuredly say that a community soccer team is worth every penny spent. The return on investment is simply immeasurable, as there are a host of benefits for kids and parents alike.
When chosen carefully, parents get the benefit of peace of mind knowing that their child is getting a healthy dose of fresh air and physical activity while making new friends and having a good time. Additionally, kids reap the benefits of learning essential life skills such as teamwork, hard work, and dedication.
There’s also the rewarding feeling of parents and children working together with coaches and other community soccer team staff to secure the funding and enhancements necessary for the team to operate smoothly and successfully. Programs such as #PassTheLoveBack soccer program offer the opportunity for community soccer teams to supplement the financial support from the community in a fun and unique way by earning points that are redeemable for uniforms, t-shirts, warm-up gear, and other custom apparel. It is a great way to help make parents’ financial load a little lighter.
As the Official Snacks of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer, the maker of OREO cookies, RITZ BITS crackers and CHIPS AHOY! cookies Multipacks are in their third year of hosting the Multipacks ‘Pass The Love Back’ program that empowers communities by sponsoring local youth soccer teams, making their goal of a summer of fun, friendship, and pride a reality.
Summertime is about more than children enjoying ‘lazy hazy days.’ Summer is about learning and growing, too. There is no better way for kids to learn and grow than to be involved in activities that challenge their bodies and minds in a positive way. By being a part of a community soccer team, kids learn the physical and mental life lessons from being part of a team that will inspire and empower them well after summer is over.
OREO cookies, RITZ BITS crackers and CHIPS AHOY! cookies Multipacks are available at retailers nationwide. To learn more, visit the Pass The Love Back soccer program website.