Saturday, December 23, 2006

Kids get a kick out of Soccer and Scouting combo

By John Bombatch

Staff Writer

Saturday, December 23, 2006

MONROE — With dad looking on from the bleachers, six-year-old Kiesean Jones was running about, playing indoor soccer with his friends. At one point, Kiesean stopped to help a fallen teammate.

With that simple gesture of teamwork, dad's smile grew even wider.

Jones and about 40 other elementary school-aged kids were at The Field Sports Arena as part of the very first "Soccer & Scouting Tournament" to be held in Ohio.

According to Tammy Riddle, who coordinated Friday's event, the Soccer & Scouting program is just one way the Boy Scouts of America is working to reach Hispanic youth, at-risk boys and their families in the community.

"We want to provide an opportunity for the growing Hispanic population in Butler County to have things to do," Riddle said. "Soccer is a way that they can be a part of something they are familiar with, and it can introduce them to Cub Scouting as well."

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