CONTACT: Libby Stockstill
March 30, 2018
LOCAL ELITE SOCCER TEAM SEEKS HELP FROM COMMUNITY TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP DREAMS A REALITY
The under-18 boys from Salt Lake City’s westside will give back to the Glendale community at a spring cleanup up at Modesto Park on Saturday.
SALT LAKE CITY- A group of elite teenage soccer players from Salt Laake City’s westside has the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Utah in a regional tournament in Hawaii. They just need the community’s support make it happen.
The 20 local boys comprise an under-18 team of the Utah Development Academy (UDA)— a respected and successful youth soccer organization serving nearly 450 kids. The team won the competitive Utah State Cup tournament last November, qualifying them for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in June.
But a $60,000 price tag for airfare and lodging stands in the way of their ambitious dream. The team members, most of whom have had little opportunity to travel outside the state, are seeking donations from the public in order to represent the community they love and compete. Donations are currently being accepted at www.udasoccer.org and www.paypal.me/udasoccer.
The team, coaches, their families and the president of UDA will be at Modesto Park (1175 South 1000 West) at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 to cleanup the park and give back to the community. There will be plenty of opportunity for photos and interviews.
Founded in 2012 by a graduate of the University of Utah, UDA is a highly competitive club dedicated to encouraging and training great soccer players while providing them with tools and opportunities to excel academically and socially. With 26 teams serving nearly 450 youths, UDA has proven itself as a leader among club soccer associations in the valley.
UDA coaches and staff want players to have successful lives as soccer players and as students alike. UDA monitors player grades and offers homework assistance two days a week. For juniors and seniors, UDA provides ACT support, advice on college entrance requirements, and coordinates college campus tours. What’s more, UDA offers substantially reduced fees to about about 70% of the club, based on income qualifications.