CHARLOTTE (Sept. 1, 2020) — The Charlotte Independence held its first community clinic in conjunction with Heal Charlotte this past Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Mallard Creek YMCA.
First team players Brandon Miller, Shalom Dutey, and Tresor Mbuyu along with goalkeeping coach Nate Walzer and members of the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club staff provided soccer training and meals.
“The first Heal Charlotte soccer clinic was a great success,” said Miller. “The Independence did a great job hosting the event and the kids loved meeting the professional players, coaches, and Independence Soccer Club youth players.”
“It’s important to expose the kids to the sport of soccer and give them role models that they can look up to. That’s one of the big reasons I’m involved with the clinics.”
The Independence also teamed up with corporate partners Novant Health, Famous Toastery, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Pepsi. Famous Toastery and Dick’s Sporting Goods provided meals and equipment, while Novant Health and Pepsi provided each player and staff member with a mask and water.
Greg Jackson, Founder, Heal Charlotte, said: “This was an awesome opportunity to have some sports activities for the kids in the midst of COVID-19. We want to thank the Charlotte Independence, Brandon Miller, the Keith family YMCA, and Famous Toastery. We can’t wait to continue this partnership.”
The goals of the clinics are to reach kids 6 to 12 years old, with a positive message about physical fitness, nutrition and values learned through sports. The other goal of the clinics is to drive awareness of and donations to the two non-profit organizations that serve the greater Charlotte region.
With the help of the Independence Soccer Club staff, local non-profit organizations, club corporate partners, and first-team players, the Independence will host at least 20 more clinics, similar to last Saturday, over the course of the next year with a goal to benefit areas of the community that are underserved and economically challenged.
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About Heal Charlotte
Heal Charlotte was birthed in November 2017 shortly after the protest and riots in the city of Charlotte. Feeling the need to be a bridge of communication between citizens and their City officials Founder Greg Jackson wanted to address the real issues that have been swept under the rug of the city for years. Along with his partner in crime Antuan Smith, the two have been able to bring the community together through countless events, starting the #HCDAYOUTHCAMP and training over 80 officers of the CMPD for the new Constructive Conversational Team. With four years under their belt under, Heal Charlotte has become a driving force in community engagement, wellness and growth for the youth of Charlotte. More information can be found at www.healcharlotte.org Follow Heal Charlotte on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About One7 Ministries
Over the years God built a small but effective core team of volunteers, families, and churches who have helped us in this battle to change our city. Living out audacious faith to all of those around us, we open our arms to the people God connects us with. I value and love the friends that God has called to join us on this journey. God is powerfully using the “One7 family” to fulfill this huge mission. If you have been a part of Thursday nights, the Outreach Center, serving meals, tutoring, Christmas giving, apartment sponsorships, our soccer ministry, or any other part of our work, then you know what it feels like to be caught up in this movement. Together we are changing our city, and ultimately our world, through this radical model of discipleship. Simply put, One7 is unique, beautiful, organic, and a pure reflection of the Gospel, and of what we believe Heaven will look like. More information can be found www.one7.org. Follow One7 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram