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Kick it

Soccer community helps family in need
By: Matt Long
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The fourth annual Kick It Clinic featured about 100 youth soccer players learning the game, having fun and raising money for a good cause. The Kick It Clinic, formed to help raise money for families who have battled cancer, is helping out the Meredith family this year. Richard Meredith, 50, passed away in April, four months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was a long-time supporter and advocate of soccer in Folsom. In last week’s clinic, the bigger of the two sessions, about 60 soccer players attended. The first day the players were drilled on the fundamentals of the game, learning how to pass, trap, dribble and shoot, while on day two the players applied the skills they learned in games and contests. “It was a very good turnout and we're incredibly pleased,” Event Organizer Maria Totushek said. “We’ve got a number of kids who have been with us all four years and some participated in both sessions of the clinic. Most of the kids are from the Folsom Soccer Club, whether they’re rec players or select or comp. We also have some that have never played before.” Randy Martinez of Elite Soccer Training handled all the instruction, while nearly 50 youth volunteers helped run the clinic. Laura Cox, 19, has been a volunteer helper all four years of the clinic. Cox is a 2010 graduate of Vista del Lago and just finished her first year at Cal Poly. “When I first heard about the clinic I thought it would be a good idea to do some volunteer work,” Cox said. “I never thought volunteer work would be so much fun. As long as this camp is going on I’ll come back. It’s my way of giving back to the community and it’s fun too.”