Soccer Unites Kids at LR Boys & Girls Club

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's not uncommon to see kids playing soccer on any given night.

But for a lot of kids growing up in the southwest part of Little Rock, this was never the chosen sport. That is until an idea was born at the Whetstone Boys and Girls Club.

"It's bringing kids from all over the community together, African-American, Latino, white communities, all coming together through sports," says Patrick Presley with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas.

The Boys and Girls Club partnered with Club United Soccer to bring the beautiful game to the neighborhood.

"Each and every one of them may not realize now what they're doing, but it's creating a bond and it's creating an awareness that there is an alternative to what may be outside," says Darrell Tims with the Boys and Girls Club.

What has happened since the soccer program started is that teammates have become friends and life lessons have been learned.

"For kids to see the things they have in common. That they have far more in common than would know, or ever even realize," Presley continues.

"It goes beyond just kicking a ball because there's hard work in everything that we do," adds Tims.

It's hope that by creating the teams and building the friendships through this soccer program, the kids' soccer goals will turn into life goals which could in turn lead to a safer and more friendly Capital City.

The Boys and Girls Club has also started a very successful baseball program. Both are small steps that could have big results.


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