Young kids learning new skills from Nevada Soccer players

Reported by: Jaime Hayden
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Updated: 6/26/2014 10:22 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Soccer fever is taking over Reno and although Team USA lost to Germany Thursday, they are still heading to the knockout round of the World Cup.

The exciting soccer competition is inspiring local soccer players. This week, the Nevada women's soccer team is hosting their first summer day camp, and Thursday was all about Team USA.

6-year-old Tyler said his dad painted his face Team USA colors because Thursday was "America day." Tyler is one of 75 kids participating in the Wolf Pack soccer day camp this week. It's a chance for kids ages 3 to 12 years old to learn new soccer skills and have some fun.

"Just a bunch of different skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, those kinds of things," said Nevada soccer Assistant Coach Casey Tate. "But most of all they enjoy it, meet new friends, and have a great time out here."

With World Cup fever in high gear, some kids are being motivated to take their game to the next level.

"I hope to play soccer in college and then make it to professional," said 12-year-old soccer camper Sarah Hicks.
"I definitely want to play in college," said 11-year-old soccer camper Ava Milner.

Campers are learning exactly what it takes to play soccer in college. The camp includes daily interaction with Nevada soccer players and coaches, which campers really enjoy.

"I love getting coached by all the Nevada soccer players, and meeting new friends and learning all new drills," said Hicks.
"I like the experience with all the players, getting coached by them and just learning new stuff and having fun," said Milner.

Coaches say the World Cup is bringing great energy to camp. "It’s definitely been exciting, a lot of the kids come with different jerseys and they're excited to learn the game and even new kids have stepped up to learn the game," said Tate.

Friday is World Cup Day, so kids will get to represent different countries. Tyler, along with other campers, hope Team USA wins it all.

The next Wolf Pack soccer camp begins July 11th. It is for kids ages 12 to 18 years old. For more information about all the Nevada soccer camps offered this summer, click here.
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