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Lauren – Assistant Coach, Blue Division
“We have this girl on our team named Ling*. When she came on Monday she was really shy, didn’t want to play and wanted to just sit by herself. She wasn’t here last night, but she was here tonight. I saw her cartwheeling by herself, so I spent a little one-on-one time with her during drills. I was encouraging her the whole time, and then she was really happy and energetic. She was trying so hard! I gave her a gold medal for her team for an extra boost of confidence. I asked her at the end of the night if she had fun, and she said, ‘Yeah!’ I then asked her if she was coming tomorrow night and said that she was!”
Bassem – Team Coach, Red Division
“During the jellyfish game, we had our team split into two. The leader of one of the teams was Melissa* (she won the gold medal today). When she started moving, she stepped in a jellyfish by accident, and everyone screamed, ‘You stepped in a jellyfish!’ She was so sad, and started crying. Then the whole team came out, gave her a hug, and said, ‘Don’t worry! You didn’t do anything wrong. We can start again.’ So they started again, and they did much better the second time around.
Paul – Team Coach, Orange Division
“We were sitting during snack time, and handing out the handy-wipes to clean their hands. This one kid grabs a handy-wipe, and instead of cleaning his hand, he sits down and starts shining his boots. It was awesome. …He had the same boots that Hudson wears. The nice shiny ones.”
Elissa – Lead Volunteer, Assistant Coach & Curriculum, Green Division
“We have this one kid who has been trouble the whole week. He’s had an attitude, and hasn’t really wanted to do anything except play. Today he was so well behaved. He even let a kid sub half-way through the scrimmage because his friend wanted to play.
It was a great improvement. “
Grant – Lead Volunteer, Registration & Snacks
“We love our volunteers.”
Steph – Program Director
“Wednesday night is actually a really sad night because the kids who don’t show up on Monday and Tuesday, even if they pre-registered, can’t play because we give their spot away. There was this one kid who didn’t get to play, but all his cousins were playing, and we made the kid cry. It’s not good to make kids cry. I said to him, ‘You can come over here to all of these kids [3-5 year olds]!’ But the 3-5 year olds are like a couple feet shorter than him. I asked him, ‘Aren’t you really good at soccer?’ The kid replied, ‘Yeah.’ So I said, ‘Well these kids may be younger, but you could teach them!’ He was shocked, and said, ‘So, be like a little teacher?!’ He was happy and ran away!”
Pete – Division Leader, Blue Division
“Who did the face painting?! You were awesome! These kids came out with amazing faces, so much so that all our kids wanted to go and get their faces painted!”
Jess – 3-5 year olds
“There was this point in the middle of the night when they were all a bit tired, and there were some break-downs because there were no cookies. I told them that I had invisible cookies, and if you sit down, we can play the bakery song game. So it turned into this game where all these kids kept saying, ‘I want an invisible cookie!’ So the rest of the night, moms and dads were joining in dancing with the children.”
Susanna – Lead Volunteer, Parent Pal
“So tonight there was a different tone. By Wednesday, everyone is won over by Soccer Nights. Everyone is completely in love with everything. They kept giving us feedback how they love things so much. We asked them to write down what they trust in. People wrote down, ‘nature,’ ‘God,’ ‘my family,’ and some people even had written down people at Soccer Nights…like the parent pals.”
Allison – Videographer
“It was a cool thing. I got to interview a mom, a dad, and a couple. The dad said, ‘I’m not from this country. This is amazing. You’re taking everything seriously unlike other places. Every single person is on their job. Even you! You’re taking your job seriously!’ He was really impressed. The other parents were talking about how amazing it was that their kids were so excited to keep coming back. In fact, one family attended Central Square, they are here, and they’ll attend in July...and asked if we could host one in the fall. They had many amazing and positive things to say. And the kids are dynamite about it.”
Jake – Logistics
“Yesterday, I was getting a water jug, and some kid comes running over and says, ‘Ah! Let me get it.’ Those water jugs are hard for someone who isn’t very tall. He grabbed it, and put it down, and I helped him carry it the rest of the way. He said, ‘I like helping out!’
I was picking up a table later, and another kid ran over and just grabbed the front of it. It’s really cool to see kids helping out.”
*All names of children have been changed.
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