The South Iredell Soccer Association aims to teach young soccer players a lesson of being charitable during the holiday season.
SISA is hosting a soccer clinic together with North Carolina based non-profit Kicking4Hunger on Dec. 8 to benefit the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.
All of the canned food collected will be donated to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. Food Lion has agreed to match every can of food donated.
The clinic is free, however, participants are asked to bring a canned food donation to attend. The clinic is for ages 6-17 years old.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Mazeppa Park in Mooresville and will be coached by Davidson College soccer athletes and coaches.
Kicking4Hunger, a nonprofit and volunteer run organization based in Chapel Hill, began in 2006.
Jordan Pearson, director of operations, said it started as a small group of people who wanted to give back to the local community.
The organization runs clinics throughout the state to collect food to be given back to the local community.
Pearson said the clinics help kids to understand the game of soccer as well as the importance of service to the community.
Many of the clinics are in the summer and are several days long. Pearson said Kicking4Hunger has grown to operate more than 20 camps in North Carolina last summer, as well as camps in California and in South Korea.
“We are trying to empower communities by helping people help the people around them,” Pearson said.
“North Carolina has one of the highest child hunger rates in the nation, and every little bit helps.”
Pearson said the chance for young athletes to be coached by Davidson College coaches and players will be a valuable learning experience and will help teach them to be better players.
“Our goal is to fight hunger using soccer to pull it together,” Pearson said.
Scott Morrison, Mooresville resident and director of communications for SISA, said the event is a good fit for the club, which is trying to grow in the community and put more of a focus on charitable causes.
Within the last year SISA has added challenge leagues for various age groups as well as adult leagues.
Morrison said the next step for the organization is helping the community.
“The platform is bringing a lot of volunteers,” Morrison said. “This is the perfect size event to get our feet wet working in the community.”
The ultimate goal is that SISA wants kids involved in the program to feel empowered to help others and help fight hunger in the community through soccer.
“We’re doing this in service of helping those less fortunate.”
Deb Hoover, interim executive director of the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, said she is excited SISA chose to donate to the Soup Kitchen from the Kicking4Hunger event.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to reach even further into our community to help those in need. The SISA event will benefit many families, our veterans, at risk youth, and our elderly,” Hoover said.