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Morris soccer team hosts junior skills camp

MORRIS — What started as a sort of last-minute idea thrown together to raise some funds quickly for the Morris Community High School boys soccer program has begun to grow into a a yearly event.

That's something that Redskin coach David Valdivia is pretty excited about.

Saturday, Valdivia and the Morris soccer team hosted its third Redskin Junior Camp at the field across the street from Shabbona School, and it had the most participants yet.

Valdivia noted that there were two different age groups at the camp, ages 4-6, which saw four players take part, and the second group of kids from ages 7-12, of which there were 17 players.

As always, Valdivia and the Morris coaching staff, as well as some of the current varsity players, combined to give the instructions at the camp.

"This was our third year, and it was another successful one," Valvidia said. "The four kids in the younger age group had a lot of fun, and with the older age group, we had 17 kids and were able to do a lot of the drills we do at the high school level. 

"This camp was created when we needed a fundraiser to help our high school boys go to a camp at Eastern Illinois University. Now, it's becoming something even better because the high school boys become coaches and they love teaching the game they love. The kids love it because they get 1-on-1 coaching as well."

Valdivia also said that he knows he couldn't have done it alone.

"I would like to thank the MCHS Soccer Boosters for their help," he said. "Especially Alissa Samolis, for helping organize and help the kids get registered."

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