Mac athletes volunteer time
April 25, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – The MacMurray College men’s and women’s soccer teams have been helping coach soccer players this spring in both the Jacksonville Soccer Association (JSA) and Winchester Soccer Academy (WSA). The MacMurray student-athletes help coach practices on teams of children 9 years old and younger.
"When we bring student-athletes to MacMurray, we talk about becoming part of the Mac family,” said Shane Taylor, MacMurray’s head soccer coach. “Part of being in that family includes giving back to the community and enriching the lives of others. Our student athletes have done a tremendous job of working with these young soccer players.”
Participating in these leagues helps student athletes to become more involved in the surrounding community. The main focus of this opportunity is coaching the kids in practice and teaching them the fundamentals of soccer. The MacMurray athletes also help with officiating the Winchester games on weekends.
MacMurray has volunteered with WSA for two years and JSA for one year, with a combined total of 15 players that volunteered this season.
“Without the continued help from Shane Taylor and the players from MacMurray, there is no way that the Winchester Youth Soccer League would be as successful as it is,” said Phillip Brown, league administrator. “The help we get from the Mac program is extremely helpful.”
Pictured: Lindsay Miller (right), senior MacMurray women’s soccer captain, of Ashland, IL, helps Jacksonville Soccer Association players during practice at Community Park.