Friday, May 18, 2007

US Govt brings youth football clinics to Philippines

The USA World Cup Soccer Sports Initiative is coming to the Philippines. This program brings American football professionals overseas to hold soccer clinics for both youth and coaches. The program, created by the USA Government in partnership with the USA Soccer Federation, emphasises teamwork, respect, leadership and conflict resolution and how these athletic qualities can translate into life skills and academic achievement. The US football professionals, both players and coaches, serve as Sports Envoys for the US Department of State.

Two American football champions, Tiffany Roberts and Linda Hamilton, will offer soccer clinics for both boys and girls in Manila, Iloilo, and Bacolod in partnership with the Philippine Football Federation. They will also hold sessions for coaches in all three areas. Ms Roberts and Ms Hamilton are both award-winning players who are now coaching. They were on the US Women's National team, represented the United States in the Olympic Games, and won medals in the Women's World Cup.

US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney will officially open the youth clinic in Iloilo and give remarks during the 2:40 pm ceremony on 21 May. Ms Marilou Rubio from the Philippine National Women's Football Team will also be present to mentor youth during the clinic. The clinics will be held at the Philippine Football Federation National Training Center, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo on 21 May: 2:40-3:00 pm, Kickoff Ceremony; 21 May: 3:00-5:00 pm, Boys' Clinic; 22 May: 7:45-9:45 am, Girls' Clinic.

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