The 19th Annual Shodair Soccer Classic is set for July 7, 2018
More than 80 all-star soccer athletes have recently been invited come to Helena this summer at compete in the annual Shodair Soccer Classic. These young citizens not only show leadership on the field but will also 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 19th annual Shodair Classic is set for Sat., July 7 with games at 3 and 5 p.m. at Nelson Stadium at Carroll College, which is co-hosting the events.
“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.
Shodair CEO Craig Aasved said the game is always a highlight sports event in the summer for soccer fans across Montana. The highlight, he added, is to see how much the athletes enjoy the friendly game and equally as eager to be a voice to fight against the stigma associated with mental illness.
“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."
Shodair's genetics team provides care to hundreds of patients in outreach clinics around the state. The psychiatric team leads the state in treatment for children 3 to 18 regardless of ability to pay. Events like the Soccer Classic support these efforts.
The Soccer Classic features top student athletes from high schools across the state. 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.
One highlight for the players is the Soccer Classic Kids' Clinic. More than 300 children have the opportunity to learn about soccer from these all-star athletes at this free clinic on Fri., July 6. from 9 to 11 a.m. at Nelson Stadium. Click here to register.
Every year, the planning committee for the Soccer Classic organizes a dinner banquet for the players, coaches, and families. To attend, fill out the form by clicking here.