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MLS coaches teaches Moody youth how to play soccer

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A child from the Youth Center reaches down to pick up a soccer ball during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp consisted of performing specific drill designed to develop soccer skills for age two to 12 years old. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A child from the Youth Center reaches down to pick up a soccer ball during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp consisted of performing specific drill designed to develop soccer skills for age two to 12 years old. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Children perform drills that challenge them to kick the ball on top of the net during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. Most of the drills were done consecutively and became more challenging as the day went on. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Children perform drills that challenge them to kick the ball on top of the net during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. Most of the drills were done consecutively and became more challenging as the day went on. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Joseph Williams, child of Staff Sgt. Joseph Williams, 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron A-10 phase craftsmen, gives a high five to Jamie Bell, coach of Chicago fire, at the end of a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is held annually and helps youth, age two to 12 years old, develop soccer skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Joseph Williams, child of Staff Sgt. Joseph Williams, 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron A-10 phase craftsmen, gives a high five to Jamie Bell, coach of Chicago fire, at the end of a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is held annually and helps youth, age two to 12 years old, develop soccer skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Children practice passing a soccer ball back and forth during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is based on various drills used to develop basic soccer techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Children practice passing a soccer ball back and forth during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is based on various drills used to develop basic soccer techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Youth Center children gather around the goal for a group photo during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is held for children age two to 12 years old and is held annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Youth Center children gather around the goal for a group photo during a Major League Soccer camp here June 11. The camp is held for children age two to 12 years old and is held annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/RELEASED)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Usually meeting a professional player or coach means long lines and just enough time to get an autograph, but that wasn't the case this week for members of the Youth Center.

The Youth Center held its annual week-long soccer camp from June 7 through June 11 that was taught by Major League Soccer coaches.

Jamie Bell, Chicago Fire coach, and Michael Quinn, a North American Soccer Camps coach, came to Moody on a mission to teach children the game of soccer, at the same time, show how fun the game is when played correctly.

"It is amazing to see the progress in just one week," said Mr. Bell, when asked about the soccer camp. "Fun is the main objective. We try to teach the kids how to play and have fun."

Both Mr. Bell and Mr. Quinn came from England to help coach youth soccer camps like this one all around the United States.

"We have been to Texas, Chicago, and now Georgia," Mr. Quinn said. "We will soon be heading to Pittsburg next week."

The two coaches had an opportunity to teach three different age groups while visiting Moody. Each group contained several members ranging between the ages of two and 12 years old.

By the end of the week, some of the children started to notice a change in their performance.

"The camp was a great experience," said Anthony Folkerts, a member of the Youth Center. "The MLS coaches really helped me improve my skills for soccer--something I love to do."

While they were coaching here at Moody, the coaches also had the opportunity to stay in a host house with two different military families. They both agreed that they were treated as family during their stay.

"It was great having Mr. Bell stay at our home," said Demtria Santillan, a member one of the host families. "We are a big soccer family, so the children were thrilled to get the chance to hang out with a MLS coach for a week."

The Youth Center will be host many other events throughout the year for children to come, have fun and experience meeting new and interesting people while learning along the way.