YMCA camp plays on women's World Cup wins

YMCA camp plays on women's World Cup wins

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by AMY COWMAN | NewsChannel 36 Staff

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All eyes are on the women's United States soccer team.

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 15 at 6:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – All eyes are on the women's United States soccer team after they beat France to advance to the World Cup finals.

Some of Charlotte's youngest soccer fans are hitting the field as well.

Registration for all YMCA fall sports starts Friday, and camp directors are hoping the women's team will inspire more girls to come out.  The young girls in the YMCA soccer camp aren't just killing time over the summer.

 "When I grow up I want to be a famous soccer player," said six-year-old Allison Reynolds.
 
They're also setting goals, from role models like the women's USA soccer team.
 
"It makes me want to be like them," says seven-year-old Emily Betts.
 
Here at the YMCA soccer camp, coach Lauren Bowling says it's helped get the girls inspired.
 
"We actually had a chance to, as a camp go in and watch part of the game. That was a nice break from the heat for the kids and it was so much fun they were all cheering for the USA team," said Bowling.
 
And as registration for their fall camps begins, they're hoping it inspires others to get involved.
 
"It's great to see, especially for women's sports (that) don't get that much attention.  It's great to see our whole nation backing up our women's soccer team in the women's World Cup, " added Bowling.
 
These girls say they've been watching the games.
 
"This one lady on the team, she did a head bump into the goal and she made it," says eight-year-old Elizabeth Graham.
 
"It was cool, and France lost because they were better than France ," said Betts.
 
And there is no doubt who the kids will be cheering for on Sunday.

 

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