The United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Lindsay Tarpley and The Mighty Oak Youth Project have teamed up to create 'Community Kicks.’ These soccer clinics which will offer youngsters a chance to learn four basic soccer skills, four basic nutrition tenets and four life-skill qualities and will be held in conjunction with Meet Up and Eat Up summer meals around the state of Michigan.
Tarpley, a 2-time Olympic gold medalist, was looking for an avenue to reach children in communities that were underserved and had mentioned such to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. UDIM, a big supporter of soccer in the state of Michigan, was able to connect Lindsay with Bilal Saeed, co-owner and Chairman of AFC Ann Arbor.
The three organizations teamed up to bring the concept to Portage, Muskegon, Detroit and Ypsilanti this summer with hopes to expand the project other communities in 2019. The complete schedule can be seen here.
“Lindsay understands the need to go into underserved communities and introduce healthy living through soccer and having a world class footballer like herself lead these clinics will allow some of these kids the opportunity to be inspired, to live a more active lifestyle and possibly continue playing soccer,” said Bilal Saeed, who represents The Mighty Oak Youth Project.
A nutritious meal will be provided in conjunction with the clinic and Every child will receive a small skills soccer ball, nutrition materials and a poster of Lindsay Tarpley. Most importantly, there is no cost to attend Community Kicks.
“I’m looking forward to being part of these clinics and sharing my soccer knowledge, life experiences and encouraging youth players to work hard and be the best they can be,” said Tarpley.
For more information on the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, visit MilkMeansMore.com.