HANYS has featured St. Peter’s Health Partners’ Soccer for Success program in its Community Health Spotlight. The program, started in 2018 by SPHP and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, introduces underserved youth to soccer to promote healthy lifestyles.
From the article:
In addition to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, SPHP partnered with local school districts and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. While learning the fundamentals of soccer, participants are taught how to eat right and stay healthy, and gain important decision-making and relationship skills from their interactions with coach-mentors and peers. Soccer for Success coaches help the students build confidence and emphasize the value of hard work, teamwork and persistence in achieving personal goals. Coach-mentors also meet with participants’ families regularly to educate parents and guardians about embracing an active and healthy lifestyle and supporting their child’s personal fitness and emotional growth.
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