Danielson Rotary's 2nd Annual Soccer Clinic

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
Kaylee Dashnaw with Woodstock Academy's Lily Pritchard.  Photos by D. Coffey.
Kaylee Dashnaw with Woodstock Academy's Lily Pritchard. Photos by D. Coffey.

The sun broke out for the Danielson Rotary's 2nd Annual Soccer Clinic on Saturday, April 2. Bill Morrone, a former UCONN All-American soccer player, and his father, former UCONN head soccer coach Joe Morrone, presented the clinic.

“These are primarily recreational players,” Bill Morrone said. “There are a couple of competitive players, but most of them are just getting introduced to the sport. We're teaching them the basics today.”

Forty-five young people signed up for the players' clinic, and seven adults signed up for the coaching youth clinic.

Students from ages 9 through 18 were welcomed to the clinic, where NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 players helped put them through drills. Players from NECONN, the largest youth soccer program in Connecticut, were helping out. Members of the Brooklyn and Danielson soccer leagues helped out as well.

Amy Morin brought her son to the clinic for the experience. “And to pick up some skills,” she said.

Manny Araujo brought his 10-year-old son, Luke. “It's definitely good for the kids,” he said.

Morrone expected to raise between $2,500 and $3,000 from the donors and attendees. The funds will go to the Rotarian's Third Grade Dictionary Fund and their scholarship fund.

“Every third-grader in our school district gets a dictionary with their name on it,” said Morrone. The dictionaries with the Rotary logos on them will be distributed the week of April 4-8. “The kids will get to keep it and take it home.”

The Rotary Club also offers an educational hardship scholarship fund. Local students who want to go to QVCC are eligible to receive from $500 to $2,000 in educational scholarships.

Board members look over the applications. They take into account academic performance, economic considerations and community service when they award the scholarships.

“The ones we feel are deserving of our support get the money,” said Morrone. “It's a long process, and it depends on how much money we have to give.”

The Rotarian's are a global community service organization with more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

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