The clinics were offered for free through a partnership with St. Luke’s Health System and the Basque Soccer Friendly. Children ages 6-12 participated in the clinics in Nampa, Caldwell and Boise, getting instruction from members of the College of Idaho and Boise State University women’s soccer teams.
For 8-year-old Adam Millan, the excitement was almost too much to handle on Wednesday night.
“Last night he didn’t even sleep,” said his mother, Maria Millan.
Adam and his cousin, 8-year-old Ulissa Garcia, are active in the Crossfire Soccer Club in Caldwell. They spent Thursday morning at Caldwell’s Brothers Park, learning new skills to apply to their favorite sport.
In addition to soccer instruction, short educational breaks included information about healthy eating, proper hydration, sun safety and concussion awareness and prevention. The lively 10-minute presentations were made by representatives from FitOne, SelectHealth, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic.
All children participating in the clinics received a healthy lunch and snacks, a goody bag from FitOne and a soccer ball from SelectHealth. When the clinics ended, kids could get autographs from the women’s soccer players and from St. Luke’s Community Health Manager Kristin Armstrong, who is also a competitive cyclist and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
“This is a great experience for the kids,” said Millan.
Sandra Forester works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.