Men’s soccer team to host soccer clinic

When Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer players take the field, they’re all business, but this weekend when they play, they’ll be in it for the fun.

The soccer team will be hosting a soccer clinic for 8 to 14-year-olds in the area Aug. 26 at the Town and Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.

It’s the first year for the event, which is in honor of former NKU soccer coach John Toebben.

“He was one of the founding fathers of soccer in Northern Kentucky,” said NKU Head Soccer Coach John Basalyga.

He said Toebben was a driving force for soccer in Northern Kentucky and helped train many coaches in the area.

Basalyga hopes the soccer clinic will expand to a full weekend of soccer – from kids to high school players – in the next few years.

Many of the soccer players have already taught at youth soccer camps or with high school soccer teams, Basalyga said.

At the clinic, the kids will learn basic soccer skills such as dribbling and shooting and will also play in scrimmage games against each other.

“There’s just going to be a variety of soccer activities for two hours,” he said.

Basalyga said the men are looking forward to the clinic because “they get to act like goofs.”

About 70 to 100 kids are expected to show up at the free clinic.

“My guys will be out there acting like a bunch of kids,” he said.