Last year we told you about the Casino Road Futbol Academy, a great program that helps disadvantaged kids in Everett in a positive, fun and healthy environment. The Everett Police Department partners with the Mukilteo and Everett School Districts along with businesses and community volunteers to put on the week-long program. The idea for the Futbol Academy came from Everett Police lieutenant Manuel Garcia, who developed it back when he was a police sergeant working the Casino road area. A former professional soccer player in Mexico City, Garcia knew from personal experience how playing the game can keep you out of trouble. The vast majority of the kids at the academy come from families living at or below the poverty level with few chances to participate in organized activities. While the cost is only $20 for the week-long camp, many of the kids attend for free thanks to scholarships made possible by donations from the general public, sponsors and community groups.
When I did the story on the event last year I asked Garcia if the project was getting too big to handle, nearly doubling in size year after year. He smiled and said no, this is truly a project that will never get too big, even as it keeps growing. It’s also nice to see that what started out as a simple idea and a project to keep kids occupied and interested in soccer has turned into a family affair. Last year, Garcia proudly pointed out his daughter, who was busy with clipboard and notes, organizing the day’s activities. He pointed to his brothers and sisters in arms at the Everett Police Department, who give their own time, money and effort. He pointed out the parents of the participants who make this their family vacation and coach their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins and perfect strangers. He pointed to the teachers and community volunteers all working together to build a better community right here in Everett thru soccer.
This year the camp has added a second location. The first week, July 2nd – 6th, will happen as usual at Walter E. Hall park in South Everett. It runs daily from 8:00am - 2:00pm and registration is limited to the first 400 kids between the ages of 7 – 14 years old.
The second Futbol Academy this summer is at Hawthorne Elementary School in north Everett. It will be run in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club and is set for July 9th through July 13th from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily and registrations will also be capped at the first 400 boys and girls, between the ages of 7 – 14.
Registration to either camp is $20.00 per child for the week. All participants will be fed breakfast and lunch and given a jersey and soccer ball to take home. Early registration is advised as the event fills up quickly. To register for either location call (425) 244-4511 or come to the Everett Boys and Girls Club at 2316 12th street in north Everett.