Coach and Players Teach Techniques at Bible Soccer Camp
With toes just touching the white boundary line of the soccer field, forty eager kids wait for the go ahead from the coach to kick the balls sitting idle at their feet. Suddenly soccer balls roll and fly across the turf, pursued by 10-12 year olds who joined the youth soccer and Bible school led by Rev. Chris Sandoval, pastor of the Hispanic Bible Ministry, and Jose Dominguez, Trinity men’s soccer coach.
Sandoval’s ministry is a mission work of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and supported in part by Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, Illinois. The pastor enlisted the help of Coach Dominguez and several of Trinity’s soccer team members to integrate the teaching of Bible lessons and Christian values with the teaching of soccer skills.
“As an incoming freshman, I had this great opportunity to participate at a soccer camp where I was not a player but a coach,” said Otniel Gross ’13 of Chicago, Illinois. “I believe the camp was a success because not only did we teach the kids soccer skills, but we also told them about Jesus and his love for them.”
Student and alumni athletes helping Coach Dominguez included:
Koyah Bleah ’11 of Monrovia, Liberia
Taylor Conrad ’11 of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Otniel Gross ’13 of Chicago, Illinois
Sam Lankah ’13 of Wheaton, Illinois
Brittany Lee ’10 of Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Mohamed Mohamed ’11 of Burbank, Illinois
Joshua Pegman ’12 of Woodridge, Illinois
Jamie Prins ’09 of Jenison, Michigan
Dave Tadla ’13 of Orland Park, Illinois
This was the first year for the camp, which was held June 22 through June 26 at the Clyde Park District soccer fields in Cicero, Illinois, where the ministry is located.
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