May 2, 2011
RUSTON - Nearly 250 people took part in the first-ever Fun Fair Soccer Fest put on by the Louisiana Tech women's soccer team on Saturday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.
"It was a great success and it was so inspiring to see so many people from the community come together to celebrate the sport of soccer," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "The community has been so good to us and it was wonderful that we could give back with our first ever fun fest. We plan on repeating this event every year."
The free event for ages 7-18 started at 10 a.m. with a warm up period involving the Lady Techsters. Throughout the rest of the day, the boys and girls played on 4v4 teams assigned by the Tech coaching staff.
When not on the field, the participants enjoyed various games that challenged their soccer skills such as soccer bowling and an obstacle course as well as fun games like sumo wrestling in large sumo suits.
Kids were not the only participants as 24 parents broke into eight teams and played three games of 4v4 over a 30 minute period. With cloudy and cool weather, the rain held off just long enough to make event run smoothly throughout the day. It concluded at 2:30 p.m. with awards given out to the top teams and individuals.
"The Lady Techster soccer players and assistant coaching staff did an amazing job putting the fun fair games together and organizing the children into teams," Sherry said. "This event would not have happened without their sacrifice and hard work. Louisiana Tech should be very proud of them, as I am. I would also wish to thank all the people who volunteered in some way to make the event such a huge success. This was a real community event with everyone pitching in to help."
Fun Fair Soccer Fest added to the long list of community service type events that are done every year by the Louisiana Tech women's soccer program.
"When I arrived four years ago I wouldn't have thought such a thing would have been possible, but this team and this community just show you that anything is possible," Sherry said. "The interest and participation for the event exceeded our highest expectations and we hope this encourages more children in the community to join the Ruston Soccer Club which the Lady Techster soccer program help to coach and sponsor. We want soccer to grow in the community and for Ruston to become known as a center of excellence with regards to youth and college soccer."