More than 80 all-star soccer athletes come to Helena every summer help bring awareness to mental illness, share their skills with area children who attend the free kids’ clinic, and spend a little time kicking balls around with children being served at Shodair.
The 18th annual Shodair Classic is set for Sat., July 8 with games at 3 and 5 p.m. at Nelson Stadium at Carroll College, which is co-hosting the events.
Shodair CEO Craig Aasved said the game is always a highlight sports event in the summer, and evident in how much the athletes enjoy the friendly game.
“These student athletes selected for this game are not only skilled players on the field, but are also outstanding individuals who hold a care for their communities, a commitment to education, and supportive of the care provided to Montana families by Shodair professionals,” Aasved said. “The vital services we provide can be hard to come by in Montana for geographically reasons or lack of resources. Our genetics team not only provides genetic services at more than 100 outreach clinics annually but millions of dollars in uncompensated care is provides through acute and residential psychiatric services to children ages 3 to 18.”
The Soccer Classic features top student athletes from high schools across the state. More than 80 outstanding young men and women are considered before being selected to participate in the event. Players must have been selected as All-State and All-Conference high school players in Class AA or A, demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and citizenship. The Shodair Soccer Classic also attracts a talented coaching staff from around the state to help the teams. Many have winning records in state tournaments, and their skills assure top-level competition.
Proceeds from the event support the philanthropic efforts. Individual tickets are $5 or a family can attend for $10.
“Carroll is extremely pleased to showcase these wonderful athletes on our campus as well as assisting the Shodair Hospital’s effort to receive more awareness of their mission and their services for the State of Montana,” said Tom McCarvel, vice president of Carroll College.
Every year, the planning committee for the Soccer Classic organizes a dinner banquet for the players, coaches, and families on July 7th, prior to the all-star soccer games. The Friday Soccer Banquet will be at 6 pm in the Campus Center (also known as the Cube). Attire is dress-casual - please no t-shirts or gym shorts. In order to provide an accurate count to Carroll College’s Catering Services, we ask that you register for the banquet no later than June 30, 2017 – no exceptions! Athletes are already paid for, so do not include them in your count!