About 80 kids from the Mahopac schools have been training this week in an evening soccer camp Ã¢â‚¬â€ and the best part is that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free!
Parent and coach Fred Reger put the camp together with the help of other volunteers from the Mahopac Sports Association. He said he wanted to do something for the kids and families of Mahopac, who must pay to participate in school sports and clubs this year because district officials eliminated all extracurricular programs when they were forced to adopt a contingency budget.
The camp is open to all Mahopac students on modified, junior-varsity and varsity soccer teams. The coaches were surprised Ã¢â‚¬â€ but overjoyed Ã¢â‚¬â€ by how many students have been showing up.
The camp focuses on conditioning, various skills and playing games. It meets until the end of the week from 5-8 p.m. at the Crane Road fields.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kids are getting hit from every angle (under the contingency budget), so I said let me see if I can get a few guys to help me with this,Ã¢â‚¬? said Reger, whose children are in second and ninth grades. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The youth program is strong. You have all these kids wanting to play soccerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Their attitude is great. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re focused, they never fool around, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re respectful. They want to be out there.Ã¢â‚¬?