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Have you ever sat down to write a paper, or work on a project and spent some time staring at the blank page or screen? That blank page can be intimidating. It can be challenging. It can cause us to dream of all it could be, and instill fear of what we’re getting ourselves into.

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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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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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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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  Sometimes crazy stuff happens in games. A couple of weeks ago, the ’09 Fever faced a Midwest United team who had no substitutes. During the game, one of the Midwest players became ill and had to leave the game. Without hesitation, a couple of players went up to coach Alex and suggested that they take a

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  If we were “gradying” him on “integrady”, he’d get an A+. Grady has been playing on Coach Matt’s ’07 Drive team this season and found it difficult to cap and box his soccer bill during skill exercises in practice. Despite the hardship, Grady has been determined to improve his technical skills. “The past three practices, I’ve caught him finishing

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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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