Benefit soccer clinic hosted by NGYSL and Thundering Herd coach slated

The Northern Greenbrier Youth Soccer League, in partnership with Thomas Olivier, assistant men’s soccer coach at Marshall University, will host indoor soccer clinics on Mar. 13 and 14. The two-hour clinics, for age 4-18, will be held at the Frankford Elementary School gym and are open to the public. The cost is $10 per player and all proceeds will benefit Mitsy McKee, who is battling stage four melanoma, and her family.

“The McKees have been active in NGYSL for years, with Jamie coaching and Alexis and Jack playing. The money raised will help offset some of Mitsy’s medical expenses,” said April Shanklin, president of NGYSL. “We like to think of NGYSL as a big soccer family, and this is an example of how much we care for each other.”

The winter clinic for high school players will be held on Friday, Mar. 13 from 7-9 p.m. On Saturday, the U14 session will be held from 8-10 a.m., U12 from 10 a.m. – Noon, U10 from 1-3 p.m., U4 and U6 from 3-5 p.m. and U8 from 5-7 p.m. Registration will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Mar. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Frankford gym.

“This is a great opportunity for soccer players to practice their skills during the winter months, and to learn from a college coach,” added Shanklin.

Olivier, a native of Bonsecours, France, has been the Thundering Herd’s assistant coach for six years where he is primarily involved with recruiting and day-to-day training. He is a member of the WVSA Coaching Education staff as well as the WVSA ODP coaching staff. In addition, Olivier holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma – US Soccer “B” License, and is also a member of the US Youth Soccer Region 1 ODP coaching staff.

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