On Saturday, March 17, 2007 the Michael Hoefflin Foundation will team with the Columbus Crew and the Soccer for Hope organization to offer two soccer clinics to improve the skills of local soccer players, coaches, and referees. Both clinics will be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm at West Ranch High School, located at 26255 Valencia Boulevard.
One clinic, run by Soccer for Hope, will offer the chance for children, ages 8-16, to learn tips from the pros on the Columbus Crew. The players will help the kids navigate drills on the field and demonstrate proper soccer techniques. Registration is $40 per child and each participant will receive a free t-shirt and the chance to get autographs from their favorite players.
Soccer for Hope is a non-profit organization founded by Oliver Wyss, a professional soccer player and cancer survivor. The organization strives to raise awareness in the soccer community about the needs of children with life threatening diseases. Since its inception in1999, Soccer for Hope has progressed from the original vision of an annual local event in Southern California to an exciting charity program reaching thousands of people nation-wide.
The second clinic, headed up by Columbus Crew head coach, Sigi Schmid will give local coaches and referees the opportunity to learn trade secrets of the MLS.
Registration for both clinics will be taken at two locations: the Michael Hoefflin Foundation Offices and the SCV Soccer Store. Limited registration may also be available onsite, space permitting. Parents, coaches, and refs are encouraged to sign up early to guarantee their spot. The cost is only $40 per participant.
Part of the Foundation’s effort to bring Major League Soccer to the Santa Clarita Valley, the clinics are being offered the day before the Columbus Crew battle it out with the Los Angeles Galaxy on the turf of College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium on Sunday March 18 at 5:00pm. Tickets for that event are available from the Foundation, online at www.mhf.org, and at six other retail outlets in Southern California. Adult admission is $15 and youth 18 and under is only $10 for the chance to see MLS soccer action right here in Santa Clarita.
“We are so excited to be offering these clinics to the community,” said Scott Schauer, Executive Director of the Foundation. “They offer such a great opportunity for local soccer fans to get up close and personal with professional players and coaches. We are grateful to the Columbus Crew and Soccer for Hope for helping us reach out to the community in this way.”
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is a public non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation that provides financial and emotional support to children and their families facing childhood cancer in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys. The Foundation strives to educate the public and provide grant funding for innovative research to accelerate progress in the fight against pediatric cancer. Currently the Foundation serves nearly 200 families actively struggling with pediatric cancer, with new referrals coming in weekly.
For more information about the clinics or about the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Columbus crew game, contact the Michael Hoefflin Foundation at 661/250-4100. To register for either of the clinics, contact one of the following locations:
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation – 26470 Ruether Avenue, Unit 101 Santa Clarita, CA 91350 661/250-4100
SCV Soccer Store – 28309 Newhall Ranch Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355 661/295-8778