Dozens of soccer players gathered in Belgrade, Montana, from June 27-30 for the 2016 Yellowstone Soccer Experience. The event was hosted by The Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure, and the Arts in conjunction with Belgrade Community Church.
Against the majestic backdrop of the Bridger Mountains, soccer camp participants learned skills from experienced coaches while having a whole lot of fun with friends both old and new.
The soccer camp is an expression of The Yellowstone Center’s intention to share God’s love with the community.
“The Yellowstone Soccer Experience features a distinct Christian witness where the coaches not only teach explicit soccer skills, but also connect with the kids’ lives in an encouraging way,” said Center president Dr. Jay Smith. “The kids gain a greater understanding of life and the relationship of faith to life. They not only are trained by great coaches, but they learn to be better people.”
The lessons of soccer extend far beyond the field.
“The kids are building life-long skills, making life-long friendships at camp,” said coach Malcolm Framjee.
“They call soccer the ‘beautiful game’ because it teaches so much that you need as a child,” said coach Ben Bishop. “It teaches motivation, leadership, the dedication that you need to stick with something, the passion to learn to get better, and the focus and the drive to just continue to strive for excellence, to just become better in all aspects of life.”
There is no doubt that camp attendees grew in their soccer abilities.
“I learned a lot and the coaches would really challenge my skills,” said one participant.
Even more than skills development, however, the camp desires to foster a positive, uplifting experience for kids. It’s an aim that wasn’t lost on those who attended.
“I like soccer camp because the coaches were really nice, and there were a lot of people that you could make friends with,” said one of the young people who attended.
“We had fun, and the people there were really nice,” another agreed.
The Yellowstone Center and Belgrade Community Church are grateful for the support of our sponsors who helped make the Yellowstone Soccer Experience possible: KCMM 99.1 The One, Belgrade News, MAC Propane, Belgrade True Value, Kenyon Noble, Allstate-Marie Gary Agency, and Universal Athletic.