BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer program has joined forces with the High Country Soccer Association (HCSA) in its brand new Kickin' it in PE program. To date, the Bobcats have assisted HCSA Technical Director, Will Voss at Banner Elk Elementary, and Riverside Elementary.
"The best part of this program, is the opportunity for our players to extend their passion for the sport of soccer to the young people within our community," said LMC Head Coach Rich Wall. "Regardless of whether these kids grow to love the game, or just have enjoyable moments in their P.E. classes, it serves as exposure to the game that wouldn't necessarily be there. Lastly, it's a chance for the guys to be a positive role model, and create an experience that some kids might genuinely cherish for a long time."
Starting in 2018, the HCSA has been invited to several elementary schools in Watauga and Avery counties to come teach the P.E. classes for 3-4 days of a week. The focus of this program is to collaborate with P.E. teachers in Watauga and Avery counties in order to provide professional soccer instruction in the classroom. The coaching staff has developed a curriculum that aligns with North Carolina Public Schools Healthful Living Standards.
The curriculum is meant to be educational for students of all ages as well as fun and appropriate for players of any level of experience. The purpose of our program is to educate students on the benefits of participating in sport related activities that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The hope is to inspire students to get involved in a sport related activity that will contribute to their lifelong health and well-being and develop healthy habits that will continue into adulthood.