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The Blank Page

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‚

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"Grittin" After it

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

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Self-Control: Ballin Character Award for the #09Crenzy

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 ga

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From Rwanda to the River City: Round 2

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 ge

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Genuine Gratitude

Coach, thank you so much,‚ÄĚ said Francois as he extended his hand for a firm handshake from coach Derek. ‚ÄúHe does it every time I pick him up and drop him off for futsal,‚ÄĚ said Derek. Francois is a 12 year old refugee from Rwanda who expresses gra

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Ballin Integrity: #09Fever

  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

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InteGRADY

  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 hard

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#05Rave - Nailing 2 core values in 2 months!

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 ins

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#09Craze with #BallinCharacter

  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 t

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#07Drive - They have each other's back!

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

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