BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Arlington, Virginia, August 18, 2011 – This September 24, millions of children worldwide will turn off their televisions and venture outdoors for a day of physical activity and play. World T.E.A.M. Sports, in cooperation with our partners at DC Soccer and the GotSoccer Foundation, will co-host the “Soccer Teen Challenge” on the Ellipse on the National Mall as a part of Nickelodeon’s Washington, D.C. flagship Worldwide Day of Play event.
The eighth annual Day of Play features more than 3,500 local events across the United States and in 13 countries. Participating organizations include the National Football League, the National Park Foundation, the National Wildlife Foundation, Major League Baseball, Head Start, the Parent Teacher Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Environmental Education Foundation, and many others.
Up to 10,000 visitors are expected to participate in the National Mall activities, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24. World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Soccer Teen Challenge with DC Soccer and the GotSoccer Foundation will provide soccer skills and drills activities for disabled and non-disabled children age 12-16. Able bodied teens will work closely with disabled teens to learn soccer skills such as trapping, passing and shooting.
To encourage Day of Play participation, cable television networks Nickelodeon, TeenNick, NickToons and Nick Jr. will “go dark” for three hours, with no scheduled programming. The Washington event is partnered with Let’s Move and the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, and the National Park Service. It will include a variety of games and activities designed to encourage fitness and activity among youth.
DC Soccer is an independent, non-profit organization committed to enhancing the soccer community of the greater Washington metropolitan area through community outreach events and through encouraging collaboration among soccer-focused organizations. The GotSoccer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created by GotSoccer L.L.C. to help create and promote soccer opportunities for special needs youth. Events hosted by the GotSoccer Foundation are designed to enable players to test their skills, learn new ones and enjoy the companionship and camaraderie of other special needs youth.