The Louisville Lightning is teaming up with Dare to Care this summer to put on four events for the youth in the community.  Dare to Care is a local food bank that has partnered with multiple food distributors to assist children in need in the Kentuckiana area.  After hosting the Americana 6-on-6 soccer tournament two weeks ago, the Lightning will now be directing three CANstand camps in the month of June.  CANstand camps are community events that allow underprivileged children to work with players and coaches from the Louisville Lightning and its affiliate youth soccer club, the Kentucky Fire Juniors. 

Nick Stover, the general manager of the Louisville Lightning says there are two primary goals for the camps.  “We want to grow the sport of soccer and by helping to educate all young people about the sport.  We also want to work with Dare to Care and YUM! Brands to share nutrition tips to promote an overall healthy lifestyle,” Stover said. 

Children participating in the camp will take part in drills and games that focus on the fundamental skills.  On the first day the campers will be emphasizing passing and shooting by passing through cones, practicing penalty kicks and playing games like ‘Clean the Yard.’  Day 2 is focused on control.  The kids will do 1v1 drills and play games such as ‘Sharks and Minnows’ and ‘Freeze.’  The last day is focused on communication and possession with games like ‘Keep Away’ and ‘The Number Game.’

Participating children will all receive information about the Kids Café program.  Kids Cafe is a local, non-profit after-school program that has partnered with Dare to Care.  At each of the twelve Kids Cafe locations, children in need are given a balanced meal and encouraged to participate in activities.  Kids Cafe at Newburg Community Center, Shawnee Community Center, and Americana Community Center are participating in the CANstand camps. 

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