NEWBERRY — The Newberry men’s soccer team has been busy this off season, dedicating time to the community. During the spring season, the team has volunteered time with the Newberry County Recreational Clinic, Boys Farm and the Screaming Eagles.
“We always reiterate to the players the importance of giving back and building bridges in the community. We were fortunate once again to get to help out this spring with several amazing organizations that allowed our players to work with the youth in the local communities, which allows them to be more impactful on many different levels,” said Head Coach Bryce Cooper.
The team recently took a trip to Boys Farm where their day included having dinner with the kids and participating in a pickup game of soccer. The main objective of the trip was to provide mentorship and spend quality time with the kids. Boys Farm is a nonprofit organization that provides unique foster care services for boys experiencing difficult family situations. Through faith-based ministry and mentorship the organization provides host families who try and teach interpersonal skills, moral values, a strong work ethic and citizenship. The Boys Farm serves areas all throughout the Southeast.
Donating their time didn’t stop at Boys Farm, as the team held a scrimmage with the Screaming Eagles Athletic Club at the Smith Road Complex. The Screaming Eagles, a nonprofit organization based out of Chapin, is a special needs athletic club who provides sports experiences for children with varying disabilities. The kids range in age from toddlers to teenagers. The current players teamed up with a member of the Screaming Eagles, enjoying an afternoon of soccer.
The Wolves last stop was the Newberry County Recreation Clinic. The team joins forces with the Rec Department, with the coaches and players instructing local youth soccer players over a four-week period. Almost thirty boys and girls from ages 4-14 participated. The clinic is held two times a week over a month-long period. During each session the kids were able to meet a new coach who helped teach instructions with technique through fun and engaging drills. To conclude the four weeks the kids received a T-shirt for their efforts.
“These sorts of opportunities lend themselves to chances for personal growth and development, which helps in the players overall experience here at Newberry. It helps put into perspective of what it means to represent our program and school,” Cooper said. “The staff and players really enjoyed working with the Newberry County Rec Department, the Boys Farm and the Screaming Eagles Athletic Club and we look forward to future opportunities.”