Summers just starting to hit its full stride with fun in the sun and the Wisconsin mens soccer team is taking full advantage of the warm weather with camps and clinics for area communities.
For Wisconsin mens soccer head coach Jeff Rohrman, these camps and clinics are not only an opportunity to kick around the ball with some of the teams biggest fans, but help build a better UW soccer program.
The reception that we have gotten has been outstanding, Rohrman said. They are excited to have us out there. It has probably been some time, if at all, that these communities have had University of Wisconsin soccer programs out there doing clinics.
For them and for the kids, its very exciting. They enjoy seeing some of our former players, as well as the staff coming out and doing some work with them. They enjoy it and hopefully well get a chance to see them again at some games this fall.
Under the direction of Rohrman and assistant coaches Jon Szczepanski and Nick Pasquarello, and held in conjunction with the Wisconsin womens soccer staff, area children participated in the Badger Soccer Satellite Day Camps last week at four locations around the Madison area the UW Campus, Middleton, Verona and East Madison.
Additionally, Wisconsins soccer coaches and former Badger players have held free soccer clinics around Madison for area soccer clubs including Middleton, Columbus, Cottage Grove and the Glacial Drumlin clubs. The Badger clinics drew 200 kids in Middleton and 120 participants in Cottage Grove in recent weeks.
But the whistle hasnt blown on the Wisconsin soccer summer fun just yet. The UW mens soccer staff and former players will host the Wisconsin Badger Boys Soccer Resident Camp for boys ages 10-18 next month. Running the week of July 25-29, campers will live in the Lakeshore Dormitory and field sessions will be held at University Bay Field. Additionally, special goalkeeper training will also be offered daily.
For more information on the upcoming Wisconsin Badger Boys Soccer Resident Camp or upcoming free Wisconsin soccer clinics, please contact UW mens soccer assistant coach Nick Pasquarello at 608-262-5298 or via e-mail at NRP@athletics.wisc.edu.
The Wisconsin mens soccer program opens its fall season on Monday, Aug. 23 in an exhibition game against Loyola at the McClimon Complex. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. The Badgers remain home to host the 2004 Wisconsin Soccer Classic, Sept. 3-5, against Evansville and Dayton. Visit uwbadgers.com for more information and the latest news on Badger soccer.
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