Kicking it with Jack in Folsom

Soccer clinic warms hearts of many
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - Maria Totushek stood with a big smile on her face watching Jack Munoz speak with Tom Handy. Totushek, the organizer of the fifth annual Kick It Clinic benefitting Munoz, a 13-year-old Folsom boy battling cancer, beamed as Munoz spoke with Handy, another Folsom resident who was the beneficiary of the second Kick It Clinic held in 2009. Handy is now cancer free and the hope is that some day soon Munoz will be too. About 180 kids participated in the Kick It Clinic this year, about 60 more than previous years thanks to increasing the age limit to campers from 9 to 13. The first clinic was held June 15 and the second was held June 20. Munoz attended both clinics as an observer. ?I?m doing great; there?s not much going on with me right now,? Munoz said. ?I don?t even feel sick, except that I don?t have any hair because of the radiation treatments. It?s awesome to come (to the clinic) and hang out with my friends.? Munoz stood in awe as he surveyed all which the community has done for him and his family. ?Oh my gosh, it?s amazing,? he said. ?I feel lucky to be in a community that cares so much. I think it?s cool that the coaches are teaching kids soccer as young as 5 years old. I don?t think I could do that. I?m too impatient.? Munoz has been playing soccer since he was five and loves nothing more than to defend his goal, as his favorite position is goalkeeper. Handy was equally impressed with the Kick It Clinic. ?It?s an amazing thing that Maria and the Folsom Soccer Club does here; it?s hard to put into words,? said Handy, who battled throat cancer a few years ago. ?It?s a great thing.? Besides raising money for a family in need, the goal of the camp surrounds the game of soccer. ?The goal is for the older kids in the community to mentor the younger kids by teaching them the fundamental skills of soccer and everyone having fun along the way,? said Totushek, herself a cancer survivor. More than 60 Folsom teens helped train the 180 participants during the Kick It Clinic.