Youth soccer development camp builds athletic ambition

Kaitlin Lewis | Staff Writer

Great athletes fall in love with the game early on.

Mason Soccer held its annual Youth Development Camp May 30 through June 2 on the multipurpose field. The camp is offered to both boys and girls — ranging from grades fourth through eighth — and gives them the opportunity to learn more about the sport, practice with a few high school players, and have fun.

Varsity Boys Soccer coach Paul Reedy said a big thing he hopes for campers who attended is that they enjoyed their time this past week.

“We want them to have fun while they’re playing and then to learn a few things about our Mason Soccer Program,” Reedy said.

Current student soccer players helped keep the camp running smoothly. Player and senior Emma Schewe, who was helping with the camp this week, said she remembers what it was like to be a camper a few years ago.

“I just remember it being really fun and you got to know what Mason Soccer was all about,” Schewe said. “You get to work with the older players to see how they like it and what they’ve learned through everything.”

While the attendees may have been young, the camp gave kids a glimpse of what it is like to play for a high school team.

“They can kind of see the skill level that our older players have,” Reedy said. “We tell them, ‘That’s what you (all) should be striving to do, to reach that level.’”

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Photos by Aniya Longmire.