Brazil's Clay Youth Soccer Club will take part in a national celebration this month, recognizing the fourth "Youth Soccer Month."
Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest level ever in the United States, with more than 19 million children ages 6-19, 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, U.S. Youth Soccer, with 3.2 million members, the nation's largest youth sports association, is spearheading the fourth "Youth Soccer Month -- Celebrating Soccer in America," in September.
During the month, Clay Youth Soccer Club will conduct signups and practices at North Clay Middle School.
Nationally, 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,
* Friendship -- The relationships and fun generated through playing soccer and their extension beyond the field,
* Family -- Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated, and
* Fun -- Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
"Youth Soccer Month" will also highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.