Thursday, January 17, 2008

The launch of a soccer clinic program at City parks

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA held opening ceremonies for the new soccer clinic program, Kick-It at the Park, at Rio De Los Angeles State Park on Saturday, January 12, 2008.

The Department's General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Councilmember Ed P. Reyes and Chivas USA President and CEO Shawn Hunter were all in attendance for the kick-off of the new soccer clinic program.

The soccer program is designed for kids ages 5-15 promoting wellness, sports and education. The program's goal is to work with over 20,000 young people in 2008 (the first year).

While clinics are being held, families will be invited to the park to learn more about nutrition, health and how they can improve their everyday lives via non-profit entities offering relevant information to the community.

The registration fee of $5 includes a t-shirt, soccer ball and voucher for free admission to a Chivas USA soccer game. Pre-registration is preferred. No child will be turned away unless all clinic sessions are full.

For more information or to find a local park offering the program visit the Department webiste at

Jane Kolb: (213) 928-9294, or cell, (323) 816-6712