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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Area players selected for national camp

  • Three Leavenworth United Soccer Club (LUSC) players from the U10 girls team were selected to attend the Wolves North American Academy National Camp in Rome, Ga.
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  • Three Leavenworth United Soccer Club (LUSC) players from the U10 girls team were selected to attend the Wolves North American Academy National Camp in Rome, Ga.
    Caitlin Bishop, Brooke Collins and Mia Kensinger attended the regional level camp in June where they earned invitations to the highly-selective national soccer camp at the end of this month.
    The upcoming four-day camp is focused on technical instruction and skill development.
    The players that attend the national camp can then be selected to attend the Wolves Academy in the United Kingdom.
    The Wolves Academy is an 8–10 day soccer identification experience for serious soccer players.
    The girl's LUSC coach, Greg Ruff, is thrilled for his developing players.
    "Any time you get a chance to play against other players from around the country and Canada, that is a big deal," Ruff said. "You are no longer a big fish in a small pond, you are now a little fish in a big lake."
    Ruff knows these kind of opportunities are rare and these young ladies will gather a plethora of new techniques from their global coaches.
    "These young ladies just started playing this game around two years ago and to be honored with an invite to a national camp by professional youth soccer coaches from England is a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents."
    And this could be just the start. These sort of opportunities can build upon each other and open other doors to bigger and better things.
    "I love soccer so much I could marry the sport," Collins said. "My future plans are that I can be a player in the Women's National League."
    Teammate Kensinger, "likes the teams we face up against and meeting new people. And I want to play soccer in college."
    Bishop's goal is to be a professional soccer player like Alex Morgan. All three girls met and exceeded the Wolves requirements to be selected for this honor.
    "They are the ones that decided to do all the hard work, listen, commit themselves, love the game, and play hard at every opportunity, at every practice," Ruff said. "That is a testament to their desire and fortitude as talented young players. I am proud to be associated with them."
    For information on the LUSC soccer family, visit www.leavenworthsoccer.org.
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