Juan Sebastian Del Solar kicking soccer ball

Latino Youth Learn Soccer Life Lessons (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Some Latino youth are exercising their options for the future by taking part in a program sponsored by the City of Rockville. The 7th to 12 graders play soccer in the summer and during the school year as part of the Latino Youth Development Program. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis Armstrong reports the program is about more than scoring goals on the soccer field.

The young athletes in the Latino Youth Development Program compete on teams with MSI Soccer after school and on weekends.

The program is operated by Rockville’s Recreation and Parks Department through the Division of Community Services. Participants must be receiving FARMS, the free or reduced-price meals at school.  The graduation rate for Hispanic students receiving FARMS in Montgomery County high schools improved by one percent last year.

Check out our MyMCMedia Extra for more information on the nonprofit organization, Leveling the Playing Field.

.@LPFsports distributes free equipment to schools and youth programs from warehouse in Silver Spring.@mymcmedia pic.twitter.com/0noy1pKD8W

— Phyllis Armstrong (@MyMediaPhyllis) July 19, 2016

Phyllis Armstrong

About Phyllis Armstrong

Phyllis Armstrong is a multimedia journalist with more than 30 years of experience in writing, reporting and broadcasting. She covered a wide range of news interests and issues as a general assignment reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1984 to 2009. Phyllis has continued to produce feature stories about local restaurants, culinary professionals and minority achievers for several online publications. Cooking, reading and Tai Chi are among are favorite things to do.

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