Chivas USA with HEART
From five year olds chasing one ball as a group to 15 year-olds practicing corner kicks, Chivas USA hosted over a hundred children in the second annual HEART Soccer Camps last Friday at The Home Depot Center. This year, the Red-and-White worked in association with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, who works with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to identify the most impoverished and lowest performing schools in an effort to help improve the school’s academic performance.
“Last year we had a good turnout and excellent participants,” said Chivas USA Community Affairs Senior Manager Nadia Gonzalez. “This year we have more little ones excited to participate in the camps and learn how to play soccer.”
Certified Chivas USA Youth Academy coaches and specialized volunteers lead the players aged 5-15 in a series of fun and unique activities that had them practicing a variety of soccer techniques designed to teach them the basics of soccer. After a tiring 90 minute soccer clinic, the participants then headed off to the stadium where the young students, as well as their parents, had the opportunity to enjoy the match between Chivas USA and Chicago.
“Both the students and parents were very happy to take part of this year’s soccer clinics. This is an opportunity they don’t get every day and it meant a lot to them that Chivas USA would have an initiative like this one,” finalized Gonzalez.