USMMA Athletes Instruct at Youth Soccer Clinic in Long Beach

Schools and Libraries

August 24, 2012

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners soccer team took time out of their pre-season preparations on Saturday, Aug. 11 to serve as instructors at the Long Beach Soccer Club Skills Clinic. The clinic was hosted by the Long Beach Public Schools Department of Athletics at Veterans Memorial Field at Long Beach Middle School.

The Mariners players and coaches organized drills and competitions for children ranging in age from 6 to 12 while teaching the fundamentals of soccer and sportsmanship. Approximately 50 Long Beach youth attended the clinic.

"It was a great experience for everyone involved," said Mike Smolens, head soccer coach at USMMA. "The participants learned some soccer and had fun, and our players had a great time giving back to the community."

"The USMMA athletes did a wonderful job of interacting with the Long Beach students," said Arnold Epstein, Long Beach director of athletics, physical education and health. "The warmth and enthusiasm they showed made the clinic a great experience for all. I am sure our youngsters will remember this special event for some time."

The Long Beach Soccer Club strives to provide developmental and competitive soccer for community children ages 4-19 in a safe and nurturing environment.