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Fighting Childhood Obesity with Soccer

12 Nov

On a Saturday afternoon in Crown Heights, you’ll see a lot of different things. You’ll see men and women walking to synagogue, past storefronts that are closed for the day. You’ll also see groups of questionable young men gathered on corners, small children playing on the sidewalks, heavy car traffic on the avenues. There was a lot of activity last weekend when I volunteered with a local soccer clinic, and I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between such different groups of people living in the same neighborhood. But, as I learned, this is how it is now in Crown Heights. And it is good.

I was headed to Hamilton Metz Field for my first experience coaching kids for a soccer clinic. The program is run by Seeds in the Middle, a great non-profit organization in the neighborhood that is fighting childhood obesity and offering sustainable healthy options through a variety of programs, including the soccer clinic. Kids in kindergarten up to 6th grade can sign up to participate in a season long program led by Coach Joe Cabral and a rotating list of dedicated volunteers who love the game.

For 4-5 hours that afternoon, I got to dust off my turf shoes and show off some of my rusty old, 28-yr-old soccer moves to a very pleased audience of 7-10 year old children. More importantly, we ran around and taught them some basic soccer skills while having a lot of fun. There was laughter, supportive cheers, and intense one-on-one situations during our scrimmage. It was a good day and we all learned something; the kids got a little better with their penalty shots, and I learned that some 8 year old girls are deceivingly strong and can kick a ball hard enough to leave a mark!

If you’re looking to relive your days as a high school soccer superstar, or just love the game and want to share your knowledge, sign up to volunteer with Seeds in the Middle and the Crown Heights Soccer Clinic. It’s an amazing program that is led by a coach who is dedicated and excited to see it succeed.

Contact Nancie at seedsinthemiddle@gmail.com for more information about how to volunteer. Click the “Upcoming Events” calendar on the right to see when the next clinic is happening.


Kickin’ It with Kids: Soccer-loving volunteers needed

7 Oct

Seeds in the Middle is a nonprofit organization in Crown Heights inspiring social change through sustainable health.  One of their many programs is a youth soccer league, and it currently could use a few extra volunteers for the fall clinic. So dust off your cleats (or just your sneakers, whatever you have) and head down to the pitch at Lefferts Avenue!

In addition to teaching kids a sport you (hopefully maybe) love, there’s the potential for you to gain something most coveted in NYC: full field 11v11 games either before or after one of the weekend sessions. That’s right, free full field soccer in NYC! This is a win-win opportunity for any soccer-loving volunteer!

So, the current time slots are as follows, running now until Thanksgiving:

3:30-5  Co-ed, K-Grade 2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)

3:30-5  Co-ed, Grades 3-6 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
5-6       Girls, Grades 3-6  (Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17)

1 – 3     Co-ed, Grades K-2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
3 – 5     Co-ed, Grade 3 & Up (Oct 1-Nov 19)

1 – 2     Girls, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
1 – 2     Girls, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
2:30-3:30     Adult/parent pickup (Oct 1-Nov 19)*
4 – 5     Boys, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
4 – 5     Boys, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
*Please note that pickup games are free for volunteers, but non-volunteers will be asked for a $10 suggested donation to help subsidize the Seeds youth program.
Field Location: Albany/Lefferts Avenues, Brooklyn (3/4 train, Kingston Ave)

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email your availability and contact information to Zoe at zoeschw@gmail.com

Seeds in the Middle is an organization based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn which aims to inspire social change amongst school age children, beginning by improving their health, enhancing arts education and greening their environment. Their mission is to create sustainable health and battle the childhood obesity epidemic, which is prominent in Crown Heights. For more information about their programs and how you can get involved, visit their website