The fifth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Soccer Clinic saw more than 100 kids register to train soccer skills.
Coaches from area schools and teams helped attendees, ages 5-16, learn basic soccer skills as well as teamwork and positive motivation. Coaches present Saturday morning were Jeff Clark, the coordinator of the Madera Ranchos Youth Soccer League; Fidel Dorado, coach of the Central Valley Vipers competitive soccer club, and his assistant Brian Bitter; and Rich Ortiz and his son Richie, of Madera High School.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provided free lunch and refreshments, including lots of water on a hot summer-like day. Each child also received a free T-shirt. Scorcher, the mascot for the Fresno Fuego professional soccer team, made a guest appearance.
According to event coordinator Ren Hallett of the Madera Rotary Club, more than 80 businesses and service clubs sponsored the event...