Good Shepherd Pediatrics & Lehigh Valley United Hosting Soccer Clinic for Children with Additional Needs June 20 at SteelStacks

Good Shepherd Pediatrics clinic at SoccerFest

Free events are part of activities at
Lehigh Valley SoccerFest starting June 11

Bethlehem, PA–Good Shepherd Pediatrics is partnering with Lehigh Valley United to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children with additional needs to learn the sport of soccer when they host a free Good Shepherd Pediatrics Soccer Clinic at the FIFA World Cup™ SoccerFest & Viewing Party at SteelStacks this June. The clinic, for ages 5-18, will take place June 20 at 2 p.m., and is open to the first 25 individuals who register at www.lvsoccerfest.com.

During the Good Shepherd Pediatrics Soccer Clinic, children will enjoy a fun-filled experience as they discover the excitement and challenges that make soccer the most popular sport in the world.  Lehigh Valley United players and coaches will provide one-on-one, personalized instruction with assistance from Good Shepherd Pediatrics staff to teach skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Following the soccer activities, participants will enjoy arts and crafts presented by the teaching artists of the Banana Factory Arts Center, followed by the 3 p.m. match between the United States and Sweden, shown on the Levitt Pavilion screen.

Good Shepherd Pediatrics Occupational Therapist Jennifer Schueck explained that many children with additional needs can feel overwhelmed by what is going on around them and that the clinic is a great way to enjoy the game in a safe, non-judgmental and inclusive environment.

“Our pediatric therapists will be on hand to guide and support every child who participates,” says Schueck. “It’s a great day to get outside, get some exercise and have fun.”

For more information on the Good Shepherd Pediatrics’ Soccer Clinic for Children with Additional Needs, email jschueck@gsrh.org.

The FIFA World Cup SoccerFest & Viewing Party™, which has been featured on ESPN, FOX Sports, USA Today and more, will show all three of the U.S. Women’s National Team preliminary group matches (June 11, 16 and 20) on a large outdoor screen on the SteelStacks campus, as well as offer a variety of soccer-related activities on the days the U.S. plays. In addition, FOX Sports will offer taped look-ins of the crowds at the viewing party as part of its nightly wrap-ups of the U.S. women’s team play from France.

Partners who present SoccerFest are Discover Lehigh Valley, Klunk & Millan Advertising, Lehigh Valley United, SWBR Inc. and ArtsQuest. Sponsors helping to make the festival possible include Discover Lehigh Valley, Factory LLC, Good Shepherd Pediatrics, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Kwik Goal, Lehigh Valley Tempest, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications and Philadelphia Union & Bethlehem Steel FC.

Additional SoccerFest details will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.discoverlehighvalley.com/soccerfest or like www.facebook.com/LVsoccerfest/.

 

Information and image provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest
http://www.artsquest.org/