POINT PLEASANT — Elementary-age children throughout Mason County will have the opportunity to try their hand at a popular sport, thanks to the donation of a local organization.
The Mason County Youth Soccer League recently donated soccer balls, goals and nets to the schools, according to Kristi Frum. Frum’s husband Stephen, who is president of the league, presented the equipment to either physical education teachers or principals at Point Pleasant Primary, Point Pleasant Intermediate, Ashton, Beale, New Haven, Leon and Roosevelt schools.
Kristi Frum said the league used money it received from various fundraisers to purchase the equipment.
“The purpose is to expose the youth of Mason County to the sport of soccer, while promoting wellness,” she said.
School personnel were appreciative of the donated items.
“The equipment is a huge asset to our school in that it not only aids us in complying with our wellness policy, but it will get tremendous use during PE classes and at recess,” said Walter Raynes, principal at Point Pleasant Intermediate School.
Amber Grubb is not only a first-grade teacher at Ashton Elementary, but also a former soccer coach at the University of Rio Grande. Her 10-year-old daughter, McKenna Young, has been playing soccer since the age of three and participates in both indoor and outdoor leagues.
Grubb also expressed her appreciation to the league.
“The league’s donation will help bring the game of soccer to those that have never played, which is a large number of children in our area,” she said. “As well, the donation will provide an opportunity for those that love the game to be able to play and exercise daily with their friends. The donation is a wonderful way to spread the love of soccer to the youth of Mason County.”
The Mason County Youth Soccer League has both spring and fall soccer for children ages three years to 18. Kristi Frum said there are typically anywhere from 150 to 175 children who participate.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.