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Thursday February 2, 2017 at 10:29am Age: 2 yrs
Category: Intermediate


Fifty 5th graders, boys and girls, signed up for an early morning soccer enrichment program at the intermediate school. Divided in groups of 25, they arrive Tuesday or Thursday, at 7:30 a.m.


“It’s great exercise for them. They go to class wide awake, but settled,” said coach Theresa Uhelsky, physical education teacher, who runs the program with coach Mike Sirico, a 5th grade teacher.


Student Dakota signed up for the program because she likes to exercise and loves soccer. Dylan loves sports, and though soccer isn’t a favorite, he’s happy to start his day exercising and having fun with his peers. He pointed to his classmate, Lukas. Out of breath and glistening, Lukas agreed: “This is soooo fun!”


Students come with different skill levels, and some are more passionate about the game, and more competitive than others.


“Remember: we’re here to exercise and have fun. Don’t get upset if things don’t go your way. We’re all learning here. Every day you pick up something new,” coach Uhelsky said to today’s group.


Before receiving their instructions to put away used gym equipment, coach Sirico had words of praise and encouragement for all: “Great job! You showed good sportsmanship, playing by the rules and being fair with each other.”


The soccer enrichment program runs for six weeks.