HOLIDAY — River Ridge High School’s prep soccer season has found a lot of success on the field, as the boys and girls teams were able to clinch spots in the region finals in Class 3A.
Not only are the Royal Knights winning on the field but are helping in the community off it. River Ridge’s program helped with a special-needs soccer clinic at Anclote High School. Royal Knights’ assistant coach Mark Templeton helped coordinate the event, and several players volunteering their time.
One of those players was River Ridge forward Ava Vandoren, who has been instrumental in the Royal Knights’ success on the girls end. Vandoren said it was an eye-opening experience to help with the kids in need.
“Just the look on their faces with us helping out was a great experience,” Vandoren said. “Kids were just excited to see us out there helping out.”
The clinic was filled with kids from around the neighboring areas that are underprivileged and the Royal Knights’ volunteers helped with soccer instructions, providing equipment and spending valuable time with kids in the community. River Ridge’s Mason Marten and Keagens Culbertson each saw the clinic as a great time for the kids and the volunteers included.
“At the clinic I got a lot of joy working with the kids and seeing how happy they were,” Marten said. “Being able to teach them what I was taught at that age was a very good feeling. I loved seeing all the kids smiles and hearing how much fun they were having and also how interested they all were in learning. It was an amazing experience to help the community and to be able to help provide these kids with the opportunity to play the sport so many of us fell in love with.”
“I had a great time with the kids, it’s always fun passing on what you have learned over the years to the kids,” Culbertson said.