Anyone who knows me knows that I love soccer. As a kid, some of my favorite memories are of playing soccer with my family and my friends. As an adult, I’ve been able to coach at various levels for several years now, and even still get to play every once in a while.

After coaching the SGI modified girls’ team in the fall, I wanted to give the girls on the team a chance to play together in the off-season. My husband, Hannes, and I were able to get 12 girls together for a team to compete at Sahlens Sports Complex.  The competition has been tough, but I see all of the girls improving with each practice and game, which is the point.

Also this week, we started practice for an indoor soccer league through SYI, for kids in grades 3-6. Hannes and I started this league in 2013 because we wanted to offer younger kids a chance to play sports in the winter and keep up with their soccer skills. Since then, dozens of kids have participated in the program.

At this point, it’s safe to say I’m involved in something soccer-related a majority of the year.

Springville is a small town, but that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities. Organizations like SYI, the Boys and Girls Club of Springville, the Springville Center for the Arts and of course, the SGI district, offer everything from athletic to creative to academic-focused clubs and teams for kids, and the ever-expanding community education in the district offers numerous opportunities for adults in the same areas. If there’s not the one you’re looking for, I encourage you to create it. I’ve found these same organizations are very open to new ideas.

The sky is the limit when it comes to meaningful ways to spend your free time. Just get involved in something—anything—and see how much fun it can be to be a part of something bigger in Springville.

– Alicia Dziak, Editor, Springville Times