By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– With the dawn of the season slowly approaching, Silverton’s Carlos Flores, Avery Lord and their Foxes Boys and Girls Soccer teammates coached groups of first-to-eighth-graders in the annual Youth Camp that the programs put on.
160 kids were in attendance Tuesday morning, the second day at the camp, going through stations run by members of the Silverton teams as Boys Head Coach Marty Limbird’s voice echoed through the Sports Complex. First and second graders were in the outfield of the JV Baseball field, third graders on up were in the softball outfield/practice soccer field as well as the Varsity Soccer field in the back of the complex.
“It’s great, I remember when I was a little kid I’d go to camps doing stuff and I’d look up to the older players. Now I’m the player, so are my teammates and these little kids look up to us,” Flores said. We’re now just bonding with everybody, and these players will probably come watch us during the season and it’ll be cool to see the yelling out your name. ‘Hey that was my coach, he taught me this’. At the same time we’ve learned a lot throughout the years and now we’re teaching them and it’s the best thing.”
Flores and Lord were coaching the third-graders. Lord, also a senior for the Girls program also reflects on the opportunity in giving back to the community and coaching up-and-coming footballers.
“It’s been amazing. It’s just great to see our youth coming up and the future that we have for the programs. It’s really inspiring, the kids have been working hard and it makes me really excited for the future of Silverton soccer,” Lord starts. “It’s amazing. I don’t know…it makes me realize how much I’m going to miss Silverton and miss Silverton soccer because I grew up here, I did these camps growing up and now being a senior, doing these camps as a counselor, I just love it.
“It’s definitely weird (being a coach),” Lord continues. “Sometimes the person I’m coaching will be leading us and I forget that I’m not a camper. I just want to come in and play all the games. It’s weird, but I also love it. I also love leading these kids. I love teaching them the things that my coaches taught me when I was younger and going through the camps. It’s just a great experience to give back to the youth.”
And that’s the most awesome thing about these youth camps. The ability to give back to the community that you play for and represent and making that connection with it before the grind of the season starts.
“It’s awesome seeing all of the community supporting you and all these kids…they’re all here with a smile and are happy to learn. It’s the best thing,” describes Flores.
The Foxes Youth Soccer Camp will end Wednesday morning at Silverton High School. As for the season ahead the Silverton Boys Soccer team travels to Woodburn for a jamboree on August 25 before opening the season with Mountain View on August 30 at home. The Silverton Girls Soccer team travel to Mountain View to play the Cougars August 30 to start the season before their home opener September 1 against Springfield.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald