Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Men’s soccer team reaches out to Detroit youthBy Bret McNabb, OU Sports Information Intern
Oakland University’s men’s soccer team traveled to Beaubien Middle School in Detroit April 8 to give back to the community by working with youth soccer players.
In cooperation with Think Detroit, the Detroit-based nonprofit youth soccer organization, the Golden Grizzlies hosted a soccer clinic to help teach children ages 6-13 soccer skills and had some fun at the same time.
Think Detroit is a 9-year-old organization that was set up by Tim Richey for youth soccer players in Detroit.
“We started out with about 20 kids – about two teams. Now we have 80 teams and almost a thousand kids,” Richey said.
Nearly 100 of these young players were able to make it to the clinic to enjoy the teachings of the game by the OU squad.
“It really is fun working with young players,” said Oakland junior forward Chris Edwards. “Being able to see how much fun they are having makes you enjoy it that much more.”
OU’s men’s soccer squad will have a chance to reach out to the community again on Friday, April 15, as the Golden Grizzlies will be hosting another soccer clinic with the children from Think Detroit from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Beaubien.