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Soccer Gear Swap

Hanging up your old Cleats?  Need some new soccer gear for the season?

Then join us for SMSA’s  SOCCER SWAP on Saturday, April 6th from 2-4pm at Lehman Fields!  

This event gives families the opportunity to donate  their child's clean, gently used soccer gear (cleats,shin guards, and soccer balls)and, based on availability,  get some “new to you” gear to prepare for the coming season.

Here's how it works:

Drop off your donations on March 22nd from 6-7pm or March 23rd from  9-10am at Spring Meadows Park at the Pavillion near the U9/U10 Soccer Fields. Please make sure that your used cleats are laced and CLEARLY SIZED.

Donations received will then be placed out for any SMSA families to come and shop the SWAP on April 6th!

This event works best if everyone adheres to the notion that donations of cleats and shin guards are in good enough condition that you would happily have your child spend the season in them.  (That is, if they fit.)

Any leftover soccer gear will be donated following the SWAP. 

SMSA cannot put on these types of events without volunteers like you!  For more information, or to volunteer to help make SMSA’s SWAP a success,  please contact Brid Kenyon at [email protected].

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11 reasons to play SMSA Soccer

Helps kids stay fit and healthy: Playing soccer is great exercise that improves cardiovascular health, increases coordination, improves strength and enhances flexibility.

Involves teamwork: Soccer players have to work together as a team in order be successful. Teamwork is a skill needed to be successful in school, work and family!

Improves gross motor skills: This is especially important for kids that are weak in this area. It helps strengthen core muscles which allows kids be more physically active thus more healthy!

Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem: Playing a sport, such as soccer, helps kids gain confidence in themselves. They become more comfortable learning new things and performing in front of a crowd. Of course scoring a goal helps too!

Increases social interactions: Since soccer is a team sport, it requires players to communicate through a variety of ways. Players also have to learn how to work together and communicate effectively in order to be successful.

Increases concentration and focus: Playing soccer involves a great deal of focus and attention in order to be successful. Players need to always be aware and alert throughout the game or they will miss important plays and opportunities.

Competition creates motivation and drive: When kids are motivated and driven, they become more successful students and adults.

Involves work ethic and responsibility: Being an athlete requires a certain level of responsibility to your team, your coaches and yourself. Playing sports also requires a good work ethic or success will not be within reach.

Promotes cognitive development: Playing soccer helps kids enhance their visual-spatial awareness as well as problem solving skills. The fast pace of soccer makes kids think quickly and respond. This improves cognitive flexibility.

Promotes friendship: Playing SMSA with other kids from the area helps build and strengthen friendships outside of the classrooms and schools. It also gives parents a chance to meet and bond over a shared experience.

It’s fun! It is so important for kids to LOVE the sport they play. Soccer is fun and exciting which is why it is one the most popular sport in the world!


Adapted  from a blog post available at


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P.O. Box 482 
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007

Email: [email protected]

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