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Kids learn about soccer; help a family
By: Matt Long
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The annual Kick It Clinic in which young athletes learn the basics of soccer while also helping out a family in need is here again. The Folsom Soccer Club has set up two separate sessions of the clinic: June 6 and June 8 or June 14 and June 16. The camp runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on all four nights at Gold Ridge Elementary School. Every year the proceeds of the clinic go to a family that’s either currently battling cancer or has already been through the battle. This year the Meredith family was chosen. The Merediths, Rich and Sharon and their kids, Lindsey, 21, and Trevor, 17, have lived in Folsom for 16 years. Rich was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma in November of 2010 and passed away in April of this year. Rich was self employed and the family has lost a large majority of their income and benefits. Rich coached several sports in Folsom and especially loved soccer and also refereed the sport. “Rich was so full of life and a lot of energy,” Sharon said. “He loved kids and loved helping others, always trying to teach. He was always giving and encouraging. The soccer community wants to memorialize him because he has given so much and I am so grateful.” The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5 to 9 years old. At the camp they will learn fundamental soccer skills, while making new friends, having fun and helping a family in need. To register for the clinic go to kickitclinic.org.