The 2013 Soccer season kicked off for Beautiful People this last Saturday and I have to say it was pretty awesome.  I don’t know about you, but I love to see success for those who give the effort. This is the second year my son Luke has participated in the Beautiful People soccer program and he had a blast.

When all is said and done, the count of children participating this season will be around 80. 60 took part in week one. Each child received a soccer ball, courtesy of Tony, the owner of the Soccer Shop, located at 9 E Main St in Washingtonville. Tony is an example of someone stepping up to help a cause. Emily Gerbehy, a Warwick Valley HS graduate, organized a soccer clinic for members of Beautiful People. After seeing an article about the clinic, Tony contacted Jan Brunkorst at Beautiful People and wanted to help out the program. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? That’s because it is!

Donating is the easy part, but what’s not so simple is organizing these events where time is a factor. I don’t want to play favorites, but this was the most well organized day to date. A special thanks to Evan Fox, Keith Eckerson and Neil Sinclair for getting things going Saturday. As always Coaches John Hogan and John Ferdinansen do an excellent job on the field. Again, there are a lot of kids and not a lot of time, but both coaches keep things moving in an organized fashion where I feel the kids get as much as they can out of the time we are given.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there are so many others who help keep things rolling, but I want to single out Jim Sutton. Jim was the Grounds Manager at the high school.  He is also Co-chair for Beautiful People’s Sports Development Task Force and the father to Shannen (also a big help with distributing the uniforms). Jim and his wife Jennifer were key to the fundraising and build-out of Sally’s Dream Playground, which is a safe-surface playground in Thomas Bull Park. One minute Jim was handing out soccer balls and uniforms with Shannen, the next he was recruiting a couple of us to set up goals for the kids.

Day starts off with a warm up 
Day starts off with a warm up
Luke w/ his volunteer buddy Uncle T.J.

Luke w/ his volunteer buddy Uncle T.J.

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A day wouldn't be complete without brothers wrestling

A day wouldn’t be complete without brothers wrestling

It was an overall good day. I know this because Luke told me it was. He told me the next day and the day after that and the day after that…

If you are interested, there are plenty of ways to get involved either by making a donation or donating your time. We’re always looking for fun, energetic volunteers!  Of course like anything in life there is a goal. That goal is to build these children a place of their own.  You can see more on this here http://www.beautiful-people.us/bp-sports-park/

Beautiful People Soccer takes place on Saturdays from 9/14 thru 10/26 at Middletown HS from 1-2pm. Sign-ups at 12:30pm.

For more on Beautiful People visit http://www.beautiful-people.us/

Also take a look at Emily’s Soccer Clinic in this video put together by Emily’s sister Rachel

For more on Sally’s Dream see Bethanne513’s blog https://hudsonvalleyparentblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/sallys-dream-at-orange-county-park/

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