Second annual Ford Soccer Skills Challenge set for Saturday

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z Second annual Ford Soccer Skills Challenge set for SaturdayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | Lake Shore Ford has paired with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-Duneland Unit to again bring the Ford Soccer Skills Challenge community program to Chesterton youth and families. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dogwood Park.

The Ford Soccer Skills Challenge pairs Ford dealerships with local youth soccer clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs and schools to host soccer events throughout the Great Lakes Region. Bigger and better than ever, the program brings boys and girls, ages 8-13, together to compete in a series of soccer challenges designed to encourage teamwork and improve skills, all while having fun. This year participants have the opportunity to compete in an individual skills challenge, as well as a newly incorporated team skills challenge.

“With the amazing success of last year’s Soccer Skills Challenge, we’re thrilled to provide this opportunity to young soccer players and their families in our community, while showing off the best of Ford’s EcoBoost™ lineup,” said Lake Shore Ford’s Don Hadley.

Individual and team participants will receive points based on performance of specific soccer skills. The individual skills challenge will test players on toe taps, foundations, juggling (right and left foot), dribbling and ball striking. The top scoring boy and girl from each age group will be awarded an achievement ribbon and invited to the regional finals event to compete again for additional prizes. The regional finals will be held in the fall.

The team skills challenge will focus on dribbling, passing and ball striking, and the top five team scores from each gender and age group will be posted to an online leaderboard hosted by iSoccer. At the end of the program in September, the top scoring boy and girl team from each age group will receive a prize and be declared the region’s winner.

“I am really excited about this year’s soccer skills challenge,” said Joe Juarez, Duneland Unit supervisor. “Last year we had a regional finals winner come out of our event. This is a great opportunity for seasoned soccer players or for those just starting out playing the game. Everyone can participate!”

The first 50 participants to check-in onsite will receive a 2013 Ford Soccer Skills Challenge program T-shirt and souvenir bag tag for their efforts. All participants will receive a two-month iSoccer Plus membership. Lakeshore Ford will donate $500 to the Duneland Unit for assisting in the execution of the local Ford Soccer Skills Challenge competition.

For more information, call (219) 926-9770 or jjuarez@bgcpoco.org.

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