Thursday, September 19, 2013

UIS holding soccer clinics, fundraiser

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s soccer program is hosting former player and Belize national soccer coach Ian Mork, who will participate in free youth clinics and a coaching symposium, and holding a Balls 4 Belize fundraiser over homecoming weekend.

The Prairie Stars are accepting donations of soccer balls, cleats, jerseys, shorts and socks. Mork will distribute the items to youth in the Central American country of Belize in December.

Donations are being accepted at two locations, including the entrance gate of Kiwanis Stadium Oct. 4 at the UIS men’s and women’s soccer games against Saint Joseph’s. The other drop-off location is the Springfield Area Soccer Association clubhouse, 4600 11th St., any time soccer training is in session or weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

UIS is also accepting monetary donations to pay for shipping all donated gear and equipment to Belize. Information is available at

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on September 19, 2013.

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