Spring-Ford Boys Soccer to Host Fundraiser

The Spring-Ford Boys Soccer Team will host it’s annual “Night Under the Lights” Mini Camp Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 29.

“Night Under the Lights” is a program designed to help develop soccer skills in younger children, with guidance from the Senior High School Boys Soccer Team. Proceeds from the event will not only help support the team, but will also benefit the local charity “In Ian’s Boots,” which collects and then distributes gently used soccer cleats to young soccer players around the world.

The event is being held from 4 - 7 p.m. at Coach McNelly Stadium’s turf field, Spring-Ford Senior High School, 400 S Lewis Road, Royersford, between the 8th and 9th Grade centers.

Campers will receive three hours of instruction and games, learning the technical and tactical soccer skills, as the high school players gain experience in leadership and patience. By the end of the day, through drills and play, the campers will have learned about teamwork, sportsmanship, and other necessary skills for intramural or league soccer. As an added treat, eleven campers will be selected as team mascots to attend a game during the season and walk out on the field with the Senior High School Varsity team prior to the game.

Parents are encouraged to cheer their children on during the camp, and are welcome to take pictures. Bottled water will be supplied for all camp participants, and the stadium’s snack stand will be open throughout the event.

Boys and girls interested in participating in the camp can register for the event by emailing Kim Schweitzer at kschweitzer@hotmail.com, or by visiting “RAM NATION SOCCER” on Facebook and posting contact information on the page. Walk-ins are also welcome. The registration fee per player is $25.

Some of Spring-Ford’s players, including Brian Gryscavage, Carter Shubach, Greg Schweitzer, and Patrick Swartz, played soccer with Ian Miller when they were younger. The team’s players are supporters of In Ian’s Boots and other charities, and the event is not only a reflection of their commitment to those groups, but also of the school’s teachings about values, character, academic excellence, sportsmanship, and respect.

The event will also be accepting donations for the Norristown Soup Kitchen. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, tuna, mayonnaise, and canned vegetables are welcome.

In Ian’s Boots, based in Pottstown, was founded three years ago in honor of Ian Miller, when his family decided to help other young people’s love of soccer through donations of gently used shoes. More information about the organization can be found on its website, www.iniansboots.org.