Youth in YMCA soccer programs benefit from generous Northwest Bank gift

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The nearly 600 children who participate in YMCA soccer programs each year will be happy to see improvements on the pitch this spring.

Through a generous gift from local partner Northwest Bank, the Bedell Family YMCA was able to purchase new soccer goals for all rookie and youth fields for the upcoming spring soccer session. The Kwik Goal Deluxe European Club Goals, 18 total, will benefit all age groups. The U6 and U8 age groups received 12 new goals (4’ x 6’), U10 and U12 age groups received four goals (6.5’ x 18.5’), and the U14 age group received two goals (8’ x 24’).

“We’d like to thank Northwest Bank for this generous gift,” said Andrew Fisher, YMCA of the Okoboji’s CEO. “Northwest Bank has long been one of the Y’s major donors, from their help with the acquisition of our current HLPC Spirit Lake location, and now the gift for the soccer goals. It’s evident they truly have a commitment to investing back in the local community, and we are grateful being deemed as a worthy cause.”

The new goals will ensure that children will be playing on a field with goal dimensions appropriate for their specific age group. Additionally, the new goals will be lighter than the previous goals, which will allow the YMCA soccer fields to be even more flexible.

“We’ve had to make due with what we had to accommodate all age groups previously,” Fisher said. “Some of the younger age groups were playing on fields with goals that were larger than the suggested size for that age range. Having appropriate sized goals will help teams focus on fundamentals and improve game play across the board.”

Dan Kitzinger, Lakes Market President said “Northwest Bank is pleased to be able to support The Bedell Family YMCA by providing funding to purchase the new goals that will impact a large group of our local youth. We are proud to support an organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and building social responsibility.”

For more information, please contact Andrew Fisher, YMCA of the Okoboji’s CEO, at 712-336-9622 or andrew.fisher@okobojiymca.com.

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