Everett Police Bring Back Casino Road Soccer Camp After Year Off Due To Pandemic

There are four different teams made up of about 10 players on each.

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin welcomed participants.

Each player receives their own soccer ball and uniform shirt.

The first event, known as the Casino Road Futbol Academy was held in the summer of 2006 with a few dozen kids organized by Everett Police Sergeant Manny Garcia and volunteers along Casino Road.

We first visited in 2011 when it had grown to 500 kids. Last year the annual event had to be cancelled due to the Pandemic but this year its back for the 15th time with the enthusiasm of both the cops and kids at an extremely high level.

Running through Thursday kids, cops and volunteers will team up to learn soccer fundamentals and share quality time and some life lessons.

Because of the Pandemic and a shortened time to plan, this is a much smaller group than in past years. Next year organizers hope to be back to hosting several hundred kids.

Most of the participants are from the Casino Road area. There was no charge for the kids to attend this year and each will receive a soccer ball and uniform shirt. Lunch is also provided each day.

Several community members join Everett Police in making the annual camp happen including 7-11 Stores, Avocados Restaurant, Mukilteo School District, Winners Sportswear and Galaxy FC.

Coaches and assistants are all volunteers and many of the participating police officers join during the week on their time off.

Here are a few MyEverettNews.com photos of opening day and we’ll be visiting during the week and providing updates.

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