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Soccer clinic aids child abuse prevention

Boys and girls age 6-10 are invited to a free Impact Soccer Clinic in Medford that will teach soccer skills while also raising awareness about child abuse.

The clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 7, at Fields 11 and 12 at U.S. Cellular Community Park, 300 Lowry Lane, Medford.

The clinic is limited to 55 kids.

Kids should bring their own cleats and shinguards. Water and snacks will be provided during a 30-minute break starting at 10:15 a.m. Participants will receive free pizza during the event.

Dave Potter and Eisa Tia TuTu, coaches for the Rogue Valley Timbers soccer organization, will lead soccer players on the field and will hand out free soccer balls to all who attend.

St. Mary’s School student Milan Bobeck, who is coordinating the event, is in his third year of spreading awareness about child abuse through soccer, one of his favorite activities.

After touring the Children’s Advocacy Center in Medford two years ago, he decided to do a class project on child abuse awareness and coordinate a soccer clinic.

More than 50 youths attended last year’s clinic.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County provides a home-like environment where child victims can disclose abuse to law enforcement and child protective workers in privacy and safety. They can also receive services in one child-friendly location.

Staff members from the center will attend the soccer clinic and talk to kids and their families about the center and the work it does.

The center will have a booth with information about its Protect Our Children child abuse prevention training.

The event is sponsored by Southern Oregon Neurosurgical & Spine Associates, Radio Medford, Prairie Capital, Lithia4Kidz, Active Foot, Human Bean, Rebel Heart Books of Jacksonville and Soccer Post.

Although the clinic is free, donations will be accepted for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

For more information about the center, call 541-734-5437 or see cacjc.org.

For more information and to register for the soccer clinic, email milanbobek1@gmail.com. The last day to register is Sunday. To receive a shirt, specify a size in the email.

To report child abuse in Jackson County, call a local law enforcement agency or the Department of Human Services in Medford at 541-858-3197.

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