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Little Kickers Paves the Way for Youth Soccer in Adair County

By Maia Sapp, Staff Writer


Lindsey Wilson College’s women’s soccer team is the proud host of Little kickers, a youth soccer organization for the children of Adair and surrounding counties.


This year, Little Kickers began in late September and occurs twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays under the lights of the Ray Wells field.


The program boasts of approximately 125 participants, with ages ranging from 4-15 years old. The kids are divided into groups based upon age, and assigned to LWC women soccer players to facilitate practices and games.


Every session is orchestrated and contrived by LWC players, with unique and creative drills implemented weekly to engage the young, energetic mind.


Little Kickers is directed by Drew Burwash, Head Coach of the women’s soccer program. The organization has been in operation for over 15 years and is a main method of fundraising for the women’s team.


“I feel like it’s my duty as the coach of this team, to make sure that these kids have a place to come to and learn about the game.”

Burwash states that one of the driving factors behind the implementation of the program was to provide the children of the community with the opportunity to participate in organized soccer.


“Soccer is not one of the biggest youth sports in this area and if we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t exist," Burwash said. “I feel like it’s my duty as the coach of this team, to make sure that these kids have a place to come to and learn about the game.”


When asked what the ultimate goal of the league is, Burwash said, “We grow the sport here, and, hopefully, then the parents of the community take it to the board of education and maybe we get it into the schools. Ultimately, that’s what the goal should be. For some of these kids that enjoy the game and want to continue, we give them the opportunity to do that.”


One of the LWC women players who volunteers as a coach for the 6-8 age division of the league is Lexi Hale, junior defender.


"To see the excitement that all of the kids have on their faces after practice or a game, is worth the late nights and effort.”

“It’s nice to see the future that Little Kickers promises,” Hale said. “To see the excitement that all of the kids have on their faces after practice or a game, is worth the late nights and effort.”


The parents of Little Kickers are elated that their children have access to a soccer program that cares about their players, and LWC is proud to foster passion for soccer in a place that desperately needs it.




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