FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sixteen members of the Northern Arizona women's soccer team recently held a clinic with 14 Under-8 and Under-9 girls from the Flagstaff Soccer Club at Doney Park. The clinic was run by NAU players Forrest Colavecchia and Jenna Samora, offering a unique opportunity for youth players to get hands-on experiences with members of the two-time defending Big Sky champion NAU soccer team.
Colavecchia and Samora coach the U-8 and U-9 team and organized the clinic in an effort to give the youth players personal interaction with the Northern Arizona athletes. They were able to successfully pair one NAU team member with each youth player to act as a mentor during the hour and a half clinic.
"We are trying to teach the young players what it means to be a champion, and with the help of the NAU players we were able to allow the young players to dream big and hope to become future collegiate athletes," said Colavecchia. "Through the mentorship, the young girls can begin to strive for goals they may not have believed in before."
For their attendance in the clinic, the youth players received the chance to learn directly from Division-I athletes and each took home a team photo from the 2009 Big Sky Championship autographed by the NAU players. Colavecchia, Samora and their teammates hope the clinic will be the first of many opportunities to help local youth players learn the game and strive to become future collegiate athletes.