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Soccer Clinic Benefits Shelter

The Kicking4Hunger soccer clinic collected food items for Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria.

The Kicking4Hunger soccer clinic collected food items for Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria. Connor Ortman

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Jack Hall is the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School student organizer for the Kicking4Hunger soccer clinic.

— Boys and girls from across Alexandria came out for Virginia's first Kicking4Hunger soccer clinic on June 15 at Ben Brenman Park. In lieu of an admission fee, the children, ages 6-11, were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria.

The free clinic was organized and directed by Jack Hall, a rising senior at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. He brought the clinic together as a service project for the community. Jack is a soccer player on the Saints varsity team and also plays with an Alexandria travel team. He heard about the Kicking4Hunger national organization and decided to initiate the movement in Northern Virginia. A number of SSSAS students volunteered to help during the event.

Sixty boys and girls turned out for a morning of soccer drills, games, and prizes. They were coached by local high school soccer players and members of the Alexandria Soccer Association’s U-17 travel teams. More than 300 food items, totaling 350 pounds, were collected for Carpenter’s Shelter.

Kicking4Hunger.org is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina. Founded by a high school soccer player in 2006, the organization holds soccer clinics and camps throughout the summer to provide a fun and educational soccer experience, free of charge, while simultaneously raising food to feed the hungry.