Dartmouth soccer's involvement with Thetford Elementary dates back to graduated senior Derek Stenquist's '10 leadership of the Thetford mentoring program that pairs Dartmouth students with children at the school. Many members of the men's soccer team have been involved with that program and chose to take it a step further by running a practice for the third and fourth graders on Sept. 21.
Senior Bryan Giudicelli (Emerald Hills, Calif.) organized the event during which the student-athletes engaged in soccer drills and a scrimmage with the children.
"Having members of the Dartmouth men's soccer team run a practice for our grade three and four boys and girls soccer teams was a wonderful event for all involved," said Ted MacVeagh, coach at Thetford. "Our kids really enjoyed having a connection with these athletes and I think they learned a thing or two about the game. The enthusiasm of the Dartmouth players definitely spilled over to our kids."
Dartmouth's players hope to continue this relationship with the Thetford program, sharing their passion for soccer and serving as positive role models for the children.
On the field, Dartmouth men's soccer is off to a 4-2 start, having recently defeated #25 New Mexico in front of a boisterous crowd - including their friends from Thetford Elementary - at Burnham Field this past Saturday.