Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vendor Profile: Glenn Dale Recreational Council

 
Glenn Dale Recreation Council

This is article 7 of 20 in our “20 Articles in 20 Days” promotion of the upcoming Free Fall Workshop in November 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School from 12:30-4pm.

Every child deserves the opportunity to enjoy the great game of soccer.  We put together workshops like the Fall Workshop to give children in the area an opportunity to enjoy a day of soccer where a child can build upon an interest that he or she might have in the game.  Sometimes, the SocMM Workshop is a child’s introduction to the game, and we take it upon ourselves to make sure it is the best possible introduction.

But our job doesn’t end with putting one great day of soccer together.  The bigger goal is making sure that we build upon the kids’ newfound interest in the game by providing organizations that will provide a positive setting for them to continue playing beyond the workshop.

This year we have partnered with numerous soccer organizations from around Prince George’s County to make sure each player has a place to play beyond the Fall Workshop.  Each one of the organizations will have a booth at the workshop and will be on hand to answer any question you may have, while potentially providing the motivated player in your family a place to play in the future.

Our first “Vendor Profile” is a profile of Glenn Dale Recreation Council.  Soccer Commissioner Courtney Souvenir was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions.  Please enjoy!

Flashback to the Original Fall Workshop: Coach Zak Runs a Goalkeeping Station

 
Zak Thompson

This is article 6 of 20 in our “20 Articles in 20 Days” promotion of the upcoming Free Fall Workshop in November 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School from 12:30-4pm.

 

On November 17, 2012 will be holding our third free workshop, and we can’t wait!

To give you a look into some of the great aspects of the workshop, we will be posting videos from our original Fall Workshop (November 5, 2011) that have never been posted to this point.

This video is of current SocMM Staff Coach Zak Thompson running a goalkeeping station at the 2011 Fall Workshop.  Coach Zak is one of only a handful of coaches that has coached at every workshop and will be coaching again on November 17th at the 2012 Fall Workshop.

Coach Zak is representative of the quality coaches we are bringing in.  Zak played college soccer at Boston University and Towson University and also played professionally with Crystal Palace Baltimore of the United Soccer League.

Please enjoy!

 

 

Reminder: To sign your child (aged 7-12) up for an opportunity to train with the pros at the Fall Workshop on November 17th, 2012 (from 12:30-4pm), please click here.

SocMM Fall Workshop Coach Profile: Devlin Barnes

 
Devlin Barnes at UMASS

This is article 5 of 20 in our “20 Articles in 20 Days” promotion of the upcoming Free Fall Workshop in November 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School from 12:30-4pm.

Our fifth article is a short interview with a former standout at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and professional soccer player Devlin Barnes.

1. What is your background in the game?

I am a local product that attended The Heights and played club soccer with the Bethesda Soccer Club.  I was a four-year letter winner and an All-Atlantic 10 midfielder at UMass where we advanced to two NCAA Tournaments and won the Atlantic 10.  I received a bachelor’s of arts in 2004 majoring in sports marketing and played in the Premiere Development League before spending the end of the 2004 season with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the A-League.  I signed with the MISL’s Philadelphia KiXX and played one season before turning my focus back to outdoor.  I played outdoor for three more seasons spending time with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Wilmington Hammerheads and Real Maryland in their inaugural season.  I now work as a personal trainer at various Washington Sports Clubs throughout the D.C. area.  I am a master trainer and hold certifications in corrective exercise, performance enhancement and TRX among other things..

2. How did you get introduced to the game of soccer?

I started playing soccer at a young age with some friends after school, but soon developed a passion for the game.  Ever since, I have continued to be involved in the game through playing or coaching and it has become a part of my life.

3. Why does “Soccer Mean More” to you?

Playing soccer has provided me with so many things and it has made me the person I am today.  Teamwork, dedication, hard work and sacrifice are just some of characteristics you learn to incorporate within soccer and everyday life. It has provided me with many opportunities to experience other cultures around the world and learn from some of the best. Beyond the skills on the field, I have made lifelong friends through the game and been a part of an impressive community of people.  I hope to be able to pass on what I have gained through my years of soccer to young athletes.

4. Are you excited to be a coach at the 2012 Fall Workshop? If so,why?

I am very excited to be a coach at the 2012 fall workshop.  Having worked at one other workshop, it was great to be able to pass on what I have learned from the game to others. I am looking forward to a great session.

To sign your child (aged 7-12) up for an opportunity to train with Devlin and other motivated coaches like him at the Fall Workshop on November 17th, 2012 (from 12:30-4pm), please click here.

Workshop Update: Spread the Word Contest

 
SocMM Spread the Word Contest

This is article 4 of 20 in our “20 Articles in 20 Days” promotion of the upcoming Free Fall Workshop in November 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School from 12:30-4pm.

We hope you have been enjoying out “20 articles in 20 Days” promotion.  We are very excited as a company to be holding our third free workshop in our short existence as a company, and the feedback this week has been fantastic.  As of writing this article, we have 50 players (ages 7-12) signed up to participate at the Fall Workshop, and we continue to get more and more sign-ups every day!

We have already featured three top coaches that will be coaching at the 2012 Fall Workshop, and all three have unbelievable resumes.  We will continue to highlight coaches, vendors, our guest speaker and much more as we continue towards November 17th, so be prepared for a bunch of new articles coming your way that will highlight what should be a fantastic workshop.

Spread the Word Contest:

We are thrilled that the word seems to be getting out to a lot of the people in the area, but we know there a large number of people who have no idea about the Fall Workshop, so we need to fix this.

We are asking our strong Facebook family to help us with this process, and if you aren’t a part of our facebook family yet, click here to go to our page and “like us” so you can join in on the fun.

What’s the contest?

After you “like us” on Facebook, there are two ways you can participate in the fun.

1- Go to our “Spread the Word” section (located under the Resources tab) on the SocMM website by clicking here.  There you will find a link to our “SocMM Fall Workshop” flyer. Print a copy of the flyer out for yourself.

Next, go to a public place where you can legally post the flyer within your community (i.e. the Community Board at Starbucks Coffee) and post the flyer for all to see.  Then take a picture with you and the flyer where you posted it.

Finally, go to Facebook.  Upload your photo to your personal page with a sentence describing where you posted the photo (i.e. SocMM Spread the Word Contest: Starbucks in Bowie) and most importantly, tag yourself, and one else in the photo and Soccer Means More, so it gets sent to our page.  From there we will create a photo album of everyone wo participates in the contest.

2-If you spot a SocMM Fall Workshop flyer at a place you visit, you can be a part of the contest too.

All you have to do is the following:

Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already, take a photo of yourself in front of the flyer and then upload your photo to your personal Facebook page with a sentence about where you spotted it, and tag everyone in the picture including Soccer Means More.

Everyone who participates in the contest will receive SocMM gear when they attend the Fall Workshop.  All you have to do is visit our booth, tell us you participated in the Spread the Word Contest, and we will hand you your prize!

We can’t wait to see where our flyers end up!

 

Reminder: To sign your child (aged 7-12) up for an opportunity to train with the pros at the Fall Workshop on November 17th, 2012 (from 12:30-4pm), please click here.

SocMM Fall Workshop Coach Profile: Kelly Hammond

 
Kelly Hammond final

This is article 3 of 20 in our “20 Articles in 20 Days” promotion of the upcoming Free Fall Workshop in November 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School from 12:30-4pm.

Our third article is a short interview with a former NSCAA high school All-American, a NCAA college All-American and member of the Washington Freedom.  We are thrilled to have Kelly Hammond as a coach at the 2012 Fall Workshop.

1. What is your background in the game?

I grew up playing soccer in the Maryland area. I spent most of my club career playing for the Bethesda Fury, National Champions. For high school I played for the then very talented St. Mary’s High school in Annapolis where we won the conference championship my junior and senior year. I was a high school and NSCAA All-American. After high school, I went on to start my college career at the University of Virginia. At UVA I was also an All-American and our team went on to beat UNC in the ACC championship my junior year. After college I played with the Washington Freedom but was forced to end my career with reconstruction ankle surgery.

2. How did you get introduced to the game of soccer?

Growing up I played a lot of sports. Both of my parents played basketball in college so I thought that may be where my athletic career was taking me. However, there was something in the game of soccer that just stuck with me. People would joke that I was always laughing when I was playing but I just found a joy and happiness in the game when I was out there. I knew my true love was with soccer.

3. Why does “Soccer Mean More” to you?

Soccer to me is a love and a passion. It has given me memories to last a lifetime.  I can say after all these years that it has given me my very best friends and relationships. It has shown me and given me lessons on teamwork that I now use in my job. It brought on a competitive fire in me that has also helped me in my work today. Being around soccer and just touching a soccer ball brings a smile to my face.

4. Are you excited to be a coach at the 2012 Fall Workshop? If so,why?

I am very excited to be a coach at the 2012 Fall Workshop. Soccer has given me so many life experiences that I will take with me forever. I am really looking forward to passing that on and helping others enjoy that game that I love so much.

To sign your child (aged 7-12) up for an opportunity to train with Kelly and other motivated coaches like her at the Fall Workshop on November 17th, 2012 (from 12:30-4pm), please click here.

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