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CPRPD Youth Soccer coaches Sam Blesse and Joey Schad are overseeing a fun season with their U8 Division youth soccer team. Each of this year’s soccer teams received new jerseys courtesy of four local businesses: Beatty Construction, Cal-Sierra Title Company, Les Schwab Tires and Mountain Graphic Design. Photos submitted

Youth soccer shines with new jerseys from local businesses

There’s nothing like a bright new jersey to help Plumas County kids play sports with a bigger smile on their faces. Thanks to several local businesses, Indian Valley and Quincy players in the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District’s youth soccer program are looking good out on the field.

Beatty Construction, Cal-Sierra Title Company, Les Schwab Tires and Mountain Graphic Design are team-uniform heroes, according to CPRPD Recreation Supervisor Kyle Stone.

“We are so thankful for these local businesses for stepping up and sponsoring the new jerseys for our youth soccer program,” Stone said last week. “We live in a small community where our local businesses already support so many different things. To sponsor the new jerseys is really a huge gesture that we appreciate incredibly.”

Stone added that none of these businesses “even blinked an eye” at the opportunity to contribute to the youth soccer program and he noted that’s part of what makes the Lost Sierra community so special.

“The best part about it is that the kids are so excited to have their new jerseys and they look great!” Stone said with gratitude. “It’s a huge step up for our program and the kids.”

The CPRPD youth soccer program has reached its midway point of the season. A total of 210 youngsters ranging from pre-kindergarten to 14 are participating. Stone explained this year’s teams are made up of youth from Quincy and additional teams from Indian Valley.

The two divisions with the oldest student players, U12 and U14, are participating in countywide leagues, where they compete against Portola, Loyalton and Chester.

“One of the biggest boosts to our soccer program is the addition of the new jersey tops,” Stone added, explaining that Mountain Graphic Design sponsored the U6 Division jerseys and also produced all of the jerseys, Les Schwab Tires sponsored the U8 Division, Cal-Sierra Title Company sponsored the U10 Division and Beatty Construction sponsored the U12 Division.

The season wraps up at the end of October with games every Saturday until then. CPRPD is also very thankful to Feather River College for providing access to their fields for practices and games.

And Stone commended his skilled, committed volunteer coaching team, too.

“Our coaches are all doing a wonderful job with their teams,” the rec supervisor said.

He observed that all of the youth teams are getting better and developing skills, but more importantly, he said they’re learning about teamwork and sportsmanship while having fun and being active.

“I’d like to thank all of our coaches for their continued efforts and their dedication of time and energy for the benefit of our youth,” Stone said. “It takes a special person to volunteer as a coach!”

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