National soccer stars host clinic at local complex to inspire next generation

first_imgWith many girls and boys scattered around the field looking up to the stars, Sullivan emphasized it’s importance to her. “They empower us to get stringer and tougher to keep fighting, even when you feel hopeless, keep fighting,” said participant Rachelle Rios. “It’s really cool that we’re able to give back to the sport in the same way it gave to us,” Lavelle said. “When we were younger, we always did these camps with professional players, and it means so much to us and it’s cool to have the roles reversed and serve as that same kind of role model to kids.” Clinic organizer Lila Kashou-McKenna spoke highly of Lavelle and Sullivan’s ability to bond with clinic-goers. Participants were able to get autographs and photos taken with the U.S.W.N.T stars, while also taking inspiration from them. World Cup winner midfielder Rose Lavelle and midfielder Andi Sullivan teamed up to host their clinic for over 200 youth soccer players from around the country, helping teach and inspire those who attended. “They’ve really humanized what it means to be a celebrity,” Kashou-McKenna said. “They’ve done a great job connecting with the players and the entire community.” Young players who participated were able to hone their skills, pass around with friends, practice their ball juggling, and learn from two of the best in the global game. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Stars from the United States Women’s National Soccer Team were in town this weekend, hosting a clinic at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex. Organizers say it’s all to help the next generation of soccer players. “I think it’s a great experience for everyone to come out here and play and kind of learn a little bit about how Rose and Andy play,” said participant Reese Collura. “I think it’s one of the best parts about the job and the lives we get to live is seeing that impact and hearing it,” Sullivan said. “It’s empowering for us to hear that feedback.” “It’s just a really huge community event, and these ladies have done a wonderful job really inspiring the young youth players from all over the country,” said Kashou-McKenna.last_img read more