Charlotte sports company offering kids free soccer camps

Charlotte sports company offering kids free soccer camps

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:05 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Getting kids involved in sports is an expense many parents can’t afford. Now, one Charlotte sports company is looking to change that by offering free soccer camps to kids in need.

"I want to go to college, I want to be a professional soccer player," Christy Marroquin said.
 
Marroquin trains four times a week with Coach Daniel Araujo to reach her goals, but not all kids can afford the same opportunity.
 
"In America, in general, to play soccer is very expensive,” said Araujo.
 
Coach Araujo says Creative Player Sports is changing that starting with their new facility with indoor and outdoor fields. They’re hoping to attract kids in the area for free.
 
"At Creative Player we would like to offer programs for those who cannot afford to play and try to break the social economic barrier of pay to play soccer, which is very common here in Charlotte," said Araujo.
 
From after school classes to all day summer camps, they welcome all ethnicities but it's not just about kicking the soccer ball around.
 
"It goes beyond that. It's more about education, be a better person, how to live in the community, how to relate and how to succeed," said Araujo.
 
They're funding a lot by themselves, hoping for help from sponsors and leaning on community help. For example, Marroquin’s father's construction company donated all the labor and material to renovate their new building.
 
"The beauty about this sport and the community is that when you bring a kid, the family comes behind," said Araujo.

Now they want to offer this to others in need so they can grow and achieve with them.
 
"It inspires me. All the movement I do, I can relax, I can have fun and I'm in a good healthy place," said Marroquin.
 
Now that the facility is officially open, they'll be accepting applications for kids for their summer camps. For more information, visit here.

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