Sioux Falls Neighborhood Soccer nurtures community connections

It’s an easy answer for Callie Schock on why the Sioux Falls Neighborhood Soccer league has been so successful after two seasons.

“Soccer is an international language, as we’ve learned, kids from every country, including now here, it’s becoming really the dominant sport,” Schock said.

The program that started last fall with students from Laura B. Anderson Elementary School in Sioux Falls has expanded to four schools in its second season.

Three new schools were added to the program. Terry Redlin Elementary students played at Meldrum Park, Garfield Elementary students played at Spellerberg Park and Cleveland Elementary students were at Frank Olson Park.

They joined Laura B. Anderson’s students, who played at Mansor-Pioneer Park.

It was a seven week long season for the elementary students, with second through fifth-grade boys and girls flocking to the parks every Saturday with their families to play soccer.

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