The images from the London Summer Olympics of triumphant athletes are
still fresh in our memories, and our spirits were lifted with every
medal won by hard-working well-trained competitors. Now, Coca-Cola is
kicking off a contest to bring the cheer of happiness to 300 teen soccer
enthusiasts from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio with one of the most
exciting soccer training programs ever created for young aspiring
Soccer superstar Marcelo Balboa and Olympic gold medal winner Shannon
MacMillan will join a team of 20 international soccer coaches at the
inaugural Coca-Cola Soccer Camp. Held November 16-18 at Tony Marron Park
in Houston, the three-day camp will include soccer training and skills
demonstrations as well as several workshops and scrimmages in the spirit
of friendly competition.
The Coca-Cola Soccer Camp is open to boys and girls 13 to 15 years of
age who are residents of the state of Texas. Teens are encouraged to
submit an essay from now until October 4 describing their passion for
soccer. Contestants may also be nominated by a friend, teacher or family
member. For official rules and to submit entries, please visit mcr.com/soccercamp.
Entries will be judged based on relevance, authenticity, inspirational
value, and creativity of their submission. Winners will be announced the
week of October 22.
"The Coca-Cola Company has long been a supporter of sports at every
level- from grassroots youth teams to National and Olympic teams. We
believe that active healthy living should be an integrated part of every
teen's life, and the best way to get kids moving is through fun,
engaging programs like our Soccer Camp," said Hector Amaya, Houston
Market Unit Vice President, Field Operations, Coca-Cola Refreshments.
"By bringing the Coca-Cola Soccer Camp to our communities we enable
younger generations to uncap their potential and get active on the
field, no matter what their skill level."
Partnering with the beverage leader and primary contributors to the
Soccer Camp are: McDonald's, adidas, retailer Food Town, U.S. Youth
Soccer (USYSO), and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Shannon MacMillan and Marcelo Balboa invite all soccer fans to
participate and support the Coca-Cola Soccer Camp winners by sharing
their stories and images of soccer happiness on Twitter using the
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DeeAnn Denton, 214-902-2765