DePaul Men's Soccer Players Enjoy Serving as Volunteer Coaches
June 13, 2014
CHICAGO - Looking to help grow the game of soccer, 13 DePaul men's soccer players along with coach Craig Blazer and assistant coach Anthony Szymel served as volunteer coaches at the Second Annual Work To Play Cup 2014 event coordinated by Urban Initiatives.
Kevin Beyer, Jake Douglas, Art Garza, Jalen Harvey, Brian Hindle, Philip Huang, Quentin Low, Anthony Hunter, Macklin Robinson, Simon Megally, Danny Michallik, Eric Rodriguez and Koray Yesilli were among the 96 volunteer coaches that directed teams from 29 elementary schools in the Chicago Public Schools sysytem on the last day in May.
The Work To Play Cup took place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Midway Plaisance in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and the men's soccer program has been involved with this event since its inception.
"The campus of the University of Chicago was a terrific setting for this event, and Urban Initiatives has done a tremendous job over the years," Blazer said. "It's a great forum for our players to train and teach young, underprivileged children from the city how to play soccer, the value of teamwork and to provide them with inspiration and belief.
"I know our guys enjoyed this community-service endeavor and the chance to help the kids in the Urban Initiatives program. Our players really learned some things about themselves and understood what a great opportunity they have being a student-athlete at DePaul in one of the best cities in the world and playing in the BIG EAST Conference."
Urban Initiatives strives to empower Chicago's underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance and build strong character through sports-based, youth-development programs.
The Chicago-based organization seeks to provide children with opportunities to reach their full potential and maximizes its impact by collaborating with parents, schools, and community stakeholders.