The sponsorships by local businesses supporting the sports programs at The Center is an essential component of community unity and the growth and development of the Island area youth.
To take it to the next level, over the many years, companies like Ross Built Construction, Mike Norman Realty, Wash Family Construction, just to name a few, have not only provided financial support through sponsorships, but the owners and operators have taken time out of their busy schedules to personally help mold the players through volunteer coaching.
This tradition of selfless sacrifice continues with the next generation of parent coaches and sponsors such as Sean Flynn with Legler Flynn, the Anderson brothers Danny and Ricky with Jiffy Lube, and Moss Builders’ Ryan and Emily Moss.
From the football field to the Island pitch and even in the indoor soccer arena, Moss Builders consistently gives back to the Island community, both young and old. This summer’s indoor soccer season is no exception.
For the seven weeks of July and August, the Mosses are on the hardcourt at The Center with as many as 17 little individual indoor soccer players teaching them the basics of the fast-paced game during the Moss Builders’ clinic for 3-to 8-year-old players.
Stepping up to help, Chad Uhlinger, head referee for the adult co-ed soccer league and soccer coach at Braden River Middle School, is contributing some of his time off along with Casey Rygiel to help with the community’s future.
With the bouncier and faster balls, different game rules and half walls to strategically use during a game, the patience and guidance of the volunteer coaches are important to keep the clinic and scrimmage games fun.
Volunteer coaches are the lifeblood of the youth sports program at The Center, and the business sponsors are what help make it possible for all kids to play sports on the Island.
Tuesday, July 24 – Youth Indoor Soccer
Ugly Grouper – Blue Team 11
Ugly Grouper – White Team 10
Thursday, July 26 – Adult Co-Ed Soccer
Bins Be Clean (Team Sweden) 4
Progressive Cabinetry (Team Croatia) 9
Sato Real Estate (Team Belgium) 5
Ross Built Const. (Team Russia) 0
Lancaster Design (Team England) 8
MAR/KIS Insurance (Team Uruguay) 5