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B'ville soccer player aims high

Her father confirmed that it has always been soccer for Jackie.

"Jackie tried other sports like gymnastics, softball, and lacrosse, but nothing compared to her passion for soccer," Greg said.

Sharing her knowledge

When selected as an ODP Region I team member this year, Jackie was given the task of organizing a fundraiser to cover some travel expenses.

"[We] were asked to think of creative ways to raise money to help with the cost of the trip," Jackie said. "I thought that it would be cool to have a soccer clinic where I could teach younger players in my community about soccer."

With the help of her family and coaches, Jackie organized a soccer clinic for girls and boys in first through fifth grades, which was held July 30 to Aug. 1 at the town of Lysander's Spence Field. Participants were asked for donations to participate ($10 a day or $25 for three days).

"I led the clinic mostly, but I had a huge help from my club Coach Mike Paolini, my sister Emma, my mom and dad and my high school coach Kathy Morse even came to help," she said.

Jackie developed the format for the clinic, which focused on the importance of ball mastery and creativity with moves.

"I taught the players a lot about skills that I've learned such as footwork, moves, passing, receiving, and shielding the ball," Jackie said.

With a turnout of 37 players, Jackie's clinic proved to be fruitful while also giving back to the game she loves so much.

"I had a lot of fun and I think the players had fun too," she said about the clinic. "I could see the players trying the skills that I taught them. I even picked a "worker of the day" for a boy and a girl who worked on the skills the most that day. I gave them a medal for working hard. That part made me feel good."

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