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After every game and practice in the month of May, coach Eric picks out a specific player who displayed exceptional grit. “In the huddle at the end of our second game at the Cherry Capital Cup, the players told me who the grit player of the game was before I even mentioned it. The unanimous

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Earlier this Spring, Coach Derek brought a #09Crenzy (a combination of players from 09 Craze and Frenzy teams) team to compete in a tournament.  Through a surprisingly successful series of games, the team advanced to the finals on Sunday.  The game was very even for the entire first half, until a few misjudged calls from

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Back in February, our #07Craze girls participated in a competitive futsal tournament. The team played well over the weekend, winning all of their games convincingly. Since the start of the tournament, the girls couldn’t stop talking about wanting to win one of the elegant trophies on display. After their championship win, the girls giddily approached

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Each year, soccer becomes more accessible to the youth of Grand Rapids thanks to the efforts of a number of committed families and local businesses going #BeyondTheField.  Dick’s Sporting Goods is one such business.  It is due to their generosity that the boys in the picture above were outfitted with Nike indoors for their league at MSA

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After a fustal training last week, coach Cam huddled up with a group of 6-7 year olds. “What’s the core value of the month?” “Responsibility!” They resounded. Cam then asked how they live it out. A bold six year old replied loudly, “I flush the toilet every time because it makes my parents proud.” So if we can “flush”

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Coach, thank you so much,” said Francois as he extended his hand for a firm handshake from coach Derek. “He does it every time I pick him up and drop him off for futsal,” said Derek. Francois is a 12 year old refugee from Rwanda who expresses gratitude at every opportunity. For his consistent gratitude,

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    The past couple of weeks at practice, I’ve been asking groups of players how they show gratitude. It starts with the question, “What are you thankful for?” Once they give me an answer, I then ask them how they express/show gratitude. I ask, because thankfulness leads us to think and ponder, while gratitude

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At the Kingdom Cup in Kalamazoo, the ’05 Rave lost the championship game 2-1. The team’s goalie Cooper Hutt got upset at the close loss and tears began to fill his eyes. Recognizing that, Xander Darling and some other teammates kept insisting to give the Cooper the trophy to hold for a team picture. “It was moving to see how Cooper’s teammates kept insisting on

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  Introducing our #BallinCharacter award! Every month, the golden mini ball is given to “ballin” (really really good) examples of living out the monthly core value. This month’s #BallinCharacter award goes to the #09Craze by living out teamwork, our core value for September. Read a snippit of coach Laura’s e-mail to her parents after a

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Our #BeyondTheField core value for the month of September has been teamwork. Hear what happened in the 07′ Drive huddle last week from Coach Matt Koster: “Jacob (who is new to the club and the team this fall) volunteered to play goalie in our game yesterday and said he would do his best even though he didn’t

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