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Soccer Pros Team Up With Chelsea Corp. to Stage Kids’ Clinics

The San Diego Sockers know that not all kids who love soccer can afford to make it to the team’s soccer games at the Sports Arena. So the team decided to take the game to them.

The Sockers teamed up with Chelsea Investment Corp. to put on soccer clinics in three low-income housing developments owned by Chelsea. The clinics, led by Sockers legend Juli Veee and current players Mauricio Alegre, Shawn Beyer and D.J. Horvath, took the children through the fundamentals of the game. They practiced shots on goal, heading and dribbling techniques.

Veee, who initiated the program, said the clinics would be a good opportunity for the Sockers to make a connection with the community.

“These kids had never seen a professional athlete up close, let alone gone to any games,” Veee said. “As a former Socker I know the only way they (the new Sockers organization) will survive is if they get involved in the community.”

Clinics were conducted in South County developments including the Regency Center Apartments, St. Regency Park Apartments, and Villa Serena Apartments. Chelsea Investment was the underwriter of the event.

“We thought it would be good for the kids to have exposure to this sort of experience,” said Jim Schmid, president of Chelsea Investment. “Juli is a great motivational speaker, and we thought that between the sort of work that he does in the community, combined with the new energy of the San Diego Sockers franchise, it would be an inspirational experience for the kids.”

Kids participating in the clinics received Sockers gear and prizes. Veee said plans are in the works to provide game tickets for underprivileged children.

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