November 21, 2008
The community of Linda Vista held the first annual Linda Vista Cup Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 15, to help kickoff the Linda Vista Soccer Club.
The Linda Vista Cup featured over 100 boys and girls ages nine through 18 years for a day of competition and camaraderie. The event was organized by the Linda Vista Collaborative in partnership with numerous organizations including the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
“The Linda Vista Soccer Club and this ‘kick off’ tournament are exciting new opportunities for the youth of this community,” says County Supervisor Ron Roberts, whose district includes Linda Vista. “What better way to get fit, stay healthy and stay off the streets than by playing soccer with your friends!”
During the one-day tournament, youth of all abilities learned the fundamentals of soccer and sportsmanship from volunteer coaches and organizers from Mesa Community College, the University of San Diego, local churches, and members of the Linda Vista Collaborative who represent a large cross-section of the community.
Programs like the Linda Vista Soccer Club strive to increase opportunities for youth to be active and to be exposed to positive activities in their communities. Team sports provide a healthy outlet for socialization and get children active on an on-going basis. Regular exercise is also a proven way to address the problem of obesity in children. Through soccer, the participants will not only have the opportunity to expend energy, they will form new friendships, and learn important life lessons like teamwork and sportmanship.
For more information about the new Linda Vista Soccer Club, please contact Mike Lamont (858) 344-9349.