HARRISONBURG, Va.- James Madison University men’s and women’s soccer teams along with the kinesiology department’s overcoming barriers program have been holding a weekly soccer clinic to benefit local youth.
The overcoming barriers programs gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn, practice and improve skills related to physical activity. The soccer clinic is one of many programs that overcoming barriers directs.
Redshirt junior Colin Newcity along with Dr. Moran from the kinesiology department set up the weekly clinic.
“With the soccer programs we are trying to teach the kids the basics of soccer; dribbling, shooting, passing and throw-ins. On top of that we have been playing actual small sided games with the kids,” said Newcity.
The kids at the clinic range from ages seven to 18, however overcoming barriers benefits individuals ranging from two to 34.
“This program has been a lot of fun and I have felt more in my element with teaching soccer. Having the men's and women's players from JMU come and help out has really been invaluable and gets the kids excited to play,” said Newcity.
This week marks Disability Awareness week at JMU. Be sure to go to www.jmu.edu to find the rest of this week’s events.