On Friday, May 15, Sacramento Republic FC team members joined the #Health4All campaign at their first joint soccer clinic at Will C. Wood Middle School, as part of an effort to promote health and wellness amongst youth in the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities area. Each of the 20 participating youth who applied submitted an application and an essay on why they wanted to take part in the clinic. Many of the students are members of the boys and girls soccer teams and excited to learn more to advance their skills in the beautiful game.
Will C. Wood students, dressed in soccer gear, holding a large, colorful sign, and ready for a fun filled afternoon of training, fitness tips and one-on-one interactions, rushed onto the field to greet Coach Chris Malenab and footballers Agustin Cazarez and Matthias Bonvehi. After brief introductions, Coach Malenab led the group in a number of fun warm-ups and drills, concluding the training by calling everyone into a circle to discuss fitness and wellness. Footballers Agustin and Matthias shared their personal health tips with students and talked about the importance of having well-rounded lifestyles by practicing good health habits, going to school, and serving the community. The clinic concluded with fun giveaways including #Health4All t-shirts and drawstring bags, and autographed Republic FC posters.
This soccer clinic is part of an ongoing partnership between Sacramento Republic FC, The California Endowment and the Sacramento BHC to promote wellness and access to quality, affordable health coverage, regardless of immigration status. The California Endowment and Republic FC will be engaging youth across Sacramento schools through a variety of outreach efforts coordinated through Sacramento Building Healthy Communities. To learn more about the partnership, see Republic FC Partners with TCE on #Health4All Campaign.
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