MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team spent the morning of Saturday, November 12th hosting a free kid's soccer clinic for ages 5-13 to benefit the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown. The event, called Kicking4Hunger, encourages the kids to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for the free clinic. Around 25 kids from the Middletown area attended and were taught the basic skills of soccer (passing, dribbling, shooting) by members of the team.
Senior captain Carly Swenson was the driving force behind the event, which is in its second year, along with former player Tess Daggett-Edenholm. Swenson and Daggett-Edenholm started a program on campus called Athletes C.A.R.E (Creating Abundant Relief Effort), which is a non-profit effort that started at Lafayette College. Swenson said the goal is to "use athletics to make a lasting impact on the lives of others by providing assistance and support to the needy, hungry and homeless."
Swenson notes the event was a great success as they were able to donate around 65 pounds of canned goods to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. "It was a beautiful day and we had a ton of fun running around with these young soccer players," Swenson said. "Based on the reviews from the kids and their parents, we plan on organizing other sporting clinics."