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Pittsburgh Riverhounds Host First-Ever Watson Institute Special Kick Clinic
Date:5/23/2013

(PRWEB) May 23, 2013

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds took to the field yesterday to share their soccer talents with special needs children as they hosted the Watson Institute’s inaugural Special Kick Clinic at the new Highmark Stadium in Station Square. Approximately 100 children with special needs and their siblings participated in the inaugural event.

In addition to the Riverhounds pro team, members of The Riverhounds Academy youth development program, Central Valley High School Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams, Point Park University Women’s Soccer Team and Carlow University Women’s Soccer Team, as well as other volunteers helped the children engage and enjoy this unique experience.    

“It was a great opportunity and I would definitely enjoy doing it again,” said Stephen Crnkovich, a clinic volunteer and member of the boy’s varsity soccer team at Central Valley High School. “It was nice to interact with the children and an overall fantastic experience.”
Sponsors, such as Highmark, Trib Total Media, #1 Cochran, Clockwise Tees, Keytex Energy, Clayton Kendall Promotional Marketing, Shearers, and Pepsi, added to a joyful day of a real team experience for the children during the Special Kick Clinic.

The afternoon began with a short exhibition by the Riverhounds, followed by soccer-specific stations led by the Riverhounds pro team. Drills were carefully adapted to the needs of each child.

While the clinic was taking place, parents and caregivers were able to participate in Watson’s Ask the Experts Café located in the beautiful Highmark Stadium Banquet Facility, catered by Sodexo, where they could talk with professional consultants of The Watson Institute about various topics on special education and promoting positive behaviors at home.

“I attended the Special Kick Clinic with my 5-year old daughter and we had an amazing time! Everyone was wonderful and th
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