Volunteers Teach Children About Soccer, Construction

Tue November 14, 2006 - Northeast Edition

Clark Construction teamed up with DC Scores in July to help teach children how skills learned on the soccer field are useful off the field.

DC Scores is the Washington, D.C. affiliate of America SCORES, a youth program that promotes soccer and literacy. It is supported by local businesses and community organizations, including D.C. United, the city’s professional soccer team.

On July 17 and July 25, members of Clark’s soccer team and other employees visited two D.C. schools to work with children ages eight through 13. Both days started with a soccer practice, followed by a short game during which participants kept the Clark volunteers on their toes.

Later, the volunteers worked with the children to design and build a model soccer stadium, introducing them to construction and demonstrating the importance of teamwork.

Teams of volunteers and participants were each tasked with creating a design for a specific component for the model stadium. The separate pieces eventually came together as a whole.

After lunch, the volunteers took the children to the Washington Nationals Ballpark site, where they learned about the importance of safety on construction sites and participated in a tour led by members of the project team.

(This article appears courtesy of Clark Construction Group LLC. It was originally published in the summer 2006, Volume 9, No. 3 issue of “Community Connection” newsletter.)