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She’s an Olympic medallist in soccer with a goal to go after another but Winnipegger Desiree Scott will never forget where she came from.
Scott, a member of Canada’s national women’s soccer team, which won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games, hosted the first annual Desiree Scott KidSport Winnipeg Soccer Camp presented by Elite Performance on Sunday at the Seven Oaks Soccer-Plex with 120 girls participating in the all-female skills camp.
While most of the families paid $125 per player for two hours of soccer instruction led by Scott, a T-shirt emblazoned with the statement "Destroyer in the making" (referring to Scott's nickname), a pizza lunch and autograph session, one third of the players participating were funded by KidSport through donations by numerous local businesses and community members.
Scott came from the school of hard knocks in soccer and when money was a barrier, KidSport helped open the door for her.
"KidSport is close to my heart and it’s an honour to be a KidSport ambassador. When I was younger, my mom couldn’t afford registration coming up so KidSport kept me on the pitch," said Scott, 27, who plays professionally in England for Notts County in the FA Women’s Super League, which is the top division in female professional soccer in England. It has 18 teams in two divisions. "I'm so happy be able to do this camp and do whatever I can to give back and encourage these players."
So there was Scott on Sunday morning, energetic and effervescent, coaching girls in soccer skills and then getting down to business meeting the kids, which was what every single girl at the camp really came there for.
At the lunch break, Scott visited every table, chatted with players and parents, had her picture taken with each girl or group who wanted one, let everyone hold her Olympic medal and signed autographs until every girl had what she wanted and the room had emptied out.
She signed soccer cleats, goalkeeper gloves, shirts, headbands and posters. She even signed a banana. Check KidSports’ Twitter account @KidSportWinnipeg. Program manager Christine Hoenisch tweeted a picture of this famous banana.
"Desiree is such a great role model, she’s so talented, articulate and kind, and being a KidSport kid herself, she believes it’s really important to give back," said Hoenisch, noting a date for next year’s camp will be set depending on when Scott can fit it into her schedule.
"KidSport’s mission is 'So all kids can play.' Costs can be so prohibitive to so many families," Hoenisch said. "Sometimes it can define a child’s life if they can get that opportunity. They can start learning about teamwork, co-operation and all the other great things that come with sport in addition to the benefits of being physically active."
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to children aged 18 and under through a confidential application process.
Nationally, KidSport has 11 provincial/territorial chapters and 178 community KidSport chapters.
Ashley works the general assignment beat.