On Saturday at Frank Nelson Park in Panama City, youth soccer players took part in their second of three weekends of games. These games though, not like any other before, as half of the 100 registered youngsters belong to the Head Start Program, an educational program part of Early Education and Care Inc. that's geared towards low income families.
Head Start teamed up with Bay United to offer a broader soccer experience for the kids, and the response was overwhelming, almost doubling the expectations for registration, something that no one saw coming, but everyone is pleased with.
"It's just such a more enriching experience that we could have offered by ourselves," said EEC Executive Director Pam Fleege. "It's been fantastic for us to be able to partner with Bay United."
"It's wonderful to see these little kids. I love watching the little ones because they have pure joy when they're out there playing the game," said Tessie Goicoechea, Bay United President.
More kids will get the chance to play soccer, as thanks to the program's popularity, Bay United will expand the program in the Spring allowing kids ten and under.
To find out more information on sponsoring the Head Start/Bay United partnership, you can check out Bay United's website here.