Rolling through the grass the black and white checked ball starts to gain momentum, children’s laughter rips through the air, their coach yells “milk” and they all run back to the cones ready to start again.
The Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative (MUSC) recently previewed its free after-school Soccer for Success program that will debut this fall.
Soccer for Success will use soccer to promote healthier lifestyles for children in urban communities. MUSC hopes to have 300 children enrolled in the 12-week program by this fall.
MUSC is one of 27 organizations selected by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to implement Soccer for Success.
The sessions will take place three times a week and include 90 minutes of physical activity. The children will learn about nutrition, healthier eating habits and how they can make healthier lifestyle choices outside of the program.
Nathan Thompkins, the soccer operations manager at MUSC and former collegiate and professional soccer player, is hoping that the program will not only allow him to give back to the game that has given him so much, but allow him to help children.
“It is all about healthy lifestyle activities,” Thompkins said. “Hopefully at the end of this program they are healthier.”