Dec. 16, 2010
HOUSTON - Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams and the Owls' soccer staff will be among the volunteer coaches providing instruction at the second annual "Kick Cancer Soccer Camp" this weekend (Dec. 17-19) at various locations throughout the Houston area. The camp is a 501-C3 accredited charity that combines raising money and awareness for children undergoing cancer treatments, while also providing local youths a chance to get some first-hand soccer instruction from some of the area's best coaches and players.
The camp is every evening this Friday through Sunday, and spread out over the four Houston-area locations of Centennial Park, Dyess Park, Houston Baptist University and the Bear Branch Soccer Complex in The Woodlands. The Rice coaches are scheduled to provide camp instruction at Houston Baptist University on Friday (Dec. 17) from 6 to 8:15 pm. The camp is open for boys and girls, ages 2 to 18. Registration is $55, with proceeds benefitting the Curing Children's Cancer Fund.
Nicky Adams, along with Rice assistant coach John Adams, said they are always keen to help coach and be ambassadors for the sports' next generation of young fans and players. The opportunity to help with this particular camp, however, had added meaning.
"When we were asked if we could volunteer as camp coaches, it was `absolutely, when and where?'" Nicky Adams said. "Rice Soccer is proud to be a part of the Kick Cancer Soccer Camp. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to coach the game we love and also be able to help an important cause. With this being the Holiday Season the camp is actually a unique gift idea to get for a young soccer player, but what we really need to remember is that there are a lot of kids who won't have the chance to get out and play soccer or any other sports because of this terrible disease. The camp is a great way to support kids and families going through the ordeal."