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Schriever invites children to soccer camp

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base Child Development Center School Age Care program, play soccer during the Air Force Specialty Camp at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. This is the second time Schriever AFB hosted the Air Force Specialty Camp for the School Age Care program children. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base Child Development Center School Age Care program, play soccer during the Air Force Specialty Camp at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. This is the second time Schriever AFB hosted the Air Force Specialty Camp for the School Age Care program children. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base Child Development Center School Age Care program gather for a picture during the Air Force Specialty Camp at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. During the weeklong camp, the kids learned basic soccer skills while playing fun and engaging games. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base Child Development Center School Age Care program gather for a picture during the Air Force Specialty Camp at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. During the weeklong camp, the kids learned basic soccer skills while playing fun and engaging games. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base School Age Care program, play soccer during the Air Force Specialty Camp at the Child Development Center at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. During the event, children aged 6 to 11, learned basic soccer and motor skills while working on their interpersonal skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Children from the Schriever Air Force Base School Age Care program, play soccer during the Air Force Specialty Camp at the Child Development Center at Schriever AFB, Colorado, July 8, 2019. During the event, children aged 6 to 11, learned basic soccer and motor skills while working on their interpersonal skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Child Development Center hosted its second annual Air Force Specialty Camp, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 8 – 12.

Eight children from the School Age Care program, ages 6 to 11, attended the camp that focused on soccer-related activities and games.

Gary Hernández, 50th Force Support Squadron school age coordinator, and main organizer of the Air Force Specialty Camp, said these events help the children experience something out of the ordinary while learning a new skill. 

“We actually have coaches come in who specialize in this kind of coaching,” he said. “It gives them an opportunity to experience something more intense than what we are able to give them on a day-to-day basis. It also gives us an opportunity to (teach) them more in-depth skills.”

David Gardner and Jordan Salamido coached the kids during the soccer camp.

Gardner, who has more than 20 years of experience coaching soccer teaches at Winter Springs High School for the Seminole County School district in Florida, and is an academy coach for the Orlando City Youth Soccer Club.

He elaborated on the activities and the skills they imparted to Schriever children during the event.

“Basically, we bring a soccer camp to the base and we do different activities to teach the kids the different skills they need for soccer while playing fun games related to soccer,” he said. “While we are teaching them those skills, they learn skills for life –

winning, losing and good sportsmanship.”

Gardner explained the natural progression of the soccer camp during the week. 

“It’s a really good program, the kids really enjoy it,” he said. “Sometimes they know nothing about soccer and by the end of the week they are able to pick a couple of skills they can use. Some of them are pretty good so hopefully we can teach them some new moves, something they can add to their game and have them grow and develop not just in soccer but in life.”

Loida Foster, 50th Force Support Squadron SAC program assistant, said the event helps the children with their physical and mental development.

“It keeps the children physically active, mentally fit and at the same time they have a good time,” she said. “It keeps each and everyone engaged in an active lifestyle.”

Gabriel, 11, explained why he participated and what he enjoyed the most out of the camp.

“I like soccer and that’s what I want to be when I grow up, a soccer player,” he said. “I enjoyed playing the game ‘king of the hill’, it’s just really competitive and I just think it’s fun and I guess it helps the kids get to know each other better.”

For more information about the CDC SAC program, call Hernández at 567-4742.

Upcoming CDC SAC camps: culinary camp July 15-19, science camp July 22-26.