Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College soccer players and coaches gave back to the community as they gathered with Transylvania Youth Soccer Association (TYSA) for soccer practice on Friday, April 16 to run drills and work with over 50 players, ages 7-13 on their soccer skills.
TYSA Coach, Rob McNiel says the day was exceptional, “You cannot find folks more excited about soccer than these Brevard coaches and players.”
This is the second time during the 2009-2010 school year that the Tornados worked with the youth in collaboration with TYSA in an effort to give back to the community.
McNiel was happy that his players have the opportunity to have a relationship with the collegiate student-athletes. “The kids had an opportunity to learn skills from the players who perform them at the highest level,” he says. “Thanks to all of the BC players and coaches.”
Parent, and member of the local TYSA board, Sammy Kicklighter, says the opportunities the TYSA players have with the Brevard College players are unique.
“Brevard Soccer is all about community,” says Kicklighter. “Nowhere in America can you find a small four year college with as many local community connections as the Brevard Soccer Teams.”
Kicklighter says he was impressed with the Brevard players’ attitudes and willingness to volunteer their time on a Friday when most students are leaving for the weekend.
“Coach Mascaro is to be commended for his great leadership in assembling these students,” Kicklighters also adds. “One day when they graduate from BC, they will remember that community involvement is key.”
The following weekend, many of the Tornados volunteered time to work on the ongoing improvements to the soccer field at the City of Brevard’s sports complex on Ecusta Road, that TYSA, in addition to the community will have the opportunity to use.
“This was awesome to see, once again, the community in the minds of this team,” said Kicklighter.
The Tornados joined a group of approximately 65 people who participated in building the dugouts and preparing the field for seeding. By volunteering, the Tornado soccer teams connected with volunteers from not only TYSA, but also the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Destiny Christian Fellowship, Brevard Community Church, and other interested individuals.