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Cougars Celebrate Youth Soccer Month
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/07/2006
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Sept. 7, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's soccer program will join millions of Americans this September in celebrating Youth Soccer Month with a match against Sacramento State Sunday, Sept. 10. The Cougars face the Hornets at noon at Lower Soccer Field.

Sunday's festivities include an autograph session with the members of the 2006 squad at the conclusion of the match and a raffle for a ball signed by each player. T-shirts and a Youth Soccer Prize pack will also be awarded during the match.

Youth Soccer Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of playing Youth Soccer in America. Washington State is proud to support this effort and further the goals of Youth Soccer Month:

• Emphasize soccer as the number one youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families.

• Bring kids and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, friendship and fitness.

• Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs.

Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages and themes will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message will be the focus of "Celebrating Soccer in America." The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:

• Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
• Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
• Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
• Friendship: The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.

Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest levels ever in the United States, with more than 19 million children ages 5-19, participating regularly. In fact, more children are participating in organized soccer than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League baseball.

Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America's families, US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports organization is spearheading Youth Soccer Month - Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.

For more information on Youth Soccer Month visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.

Washington State Cougars Cougar Athletic Fund
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