Women's Soccer Connects with Local Youth Players
Friday, April 27, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women's soccer team recently spent time connecting with the Optimist Club of Naples’ soccer program, helping teach the fundamentals of soccer and building relationships with the local youth soccer players.  

Making three separate trips from April 9-19, the ladies in Green and Blue spent time teaching the youth players all they know about the game they play at such a high level.  Each night, different youth teams from the club were given the opportunity to work with two to three of the recent Atlantic Sun Champion Eagles on some of the basic technical ideas of the game, before being challenged to different relays and skills competitions.

To wrap up each training session, the Eagles mixed in and played directly with the young players, who ranged in age from 7-14.  The joy and enthusiasm that was seen out on the fields generated passion for the sport and a genuine sense of community felt by the youth players, their coaches and the FGCU players. 

The Eagles love the relationships they have developed with the young players in the area and look forward to continuing to work with all the youth programs in the community in order to ignite their love for the game of soccer.

Don’t forget to check out the 2012 Eagles Soccer Camps, where Blankenship and his staff will hold their Jr. Elite Camp (June 11-14), Day Camp (June 18-22) and Elite Camp (July 19-22) at the FGCU Soccer Complex. For more information please visit the camp website at www.fgcusoccer.com

Blankenship guided FGCU to its first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship and the university’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. On the strength of the program’s best record to date, 14-5-2 overall record and 7-1-1 A-Sun mark, the Green and Blue also claimed their second straight regular season title. FGCU recorded 12 shutouts during its 2011 campaign and allowed only one goal in conference play during the regular season. Under Blankenship’s tutelage, nine Eagles were named to A-Sun All-Conference teams in 2011, including the conference defensive player