News Loma Linda: Community Soccer League Promotes Healthy Living in Inland Empire

by DonaJayne Potts

A soccer league that promotes community and wholeness education to families is celebrating a decade of service at Loma Linda University Health.

The Goal 4 Health soccer league, an annual initiative that encourages physical activity, drew 260 community participants during this year’s two-month run, up from the usual 200 participants each year.

The community soccer league, held on the sports fields of the Drayson Center, ran from the last week of March through the first week of June and featured various age divisions, including ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and a mother/daughter league for women 13 years and older.

Goal 4 Health, launched in 2008, is sponsored by the department of Community-Academic Partners in Service(CAPS) part of Loma Linda University Health’s Institute for Community Partnerships. Games were held Sunday morning, with practices Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Before each game and practice, healthy living activities were presented by volunteer students from Schools of Dentistry, Allied Health, Public Health and Medicine. The presentations were a hit among players and their families, the program’s director said.

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