Thursday, January 27, 2022

Soccer Season!!

Photos by Victoria Wright

Photos by Victoria Wright

The Optimist Club of Marco Island has kicked off its 2010 Fall Soccer program on November 8th with new Soccer Program Director, Bob Poling at the helm. Currently, there are over 220 youth participating in the program and still growing. OCMI is still taking registrations to fill roster spots. This year, the theme is World Cup Soccer with the team taking on the names of World Cup country’s the likes of Spain, Germany, England and more. A total of 27 teams are broken out into separate boy’s and girl’s divisions grouped by kindergarten through 1st grade, 2nd through 3rd grade, 4th through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade. There has also been an unprecedented number of volunteer coaches that have stepped up this year. Without this kind of community support, these programs cannot exist.

The practices run for 1 hour in the late afternoon or evenings at Mackle Park. The games will be played on Friday nights and Saturday mornings starting November 19th. 6th through 8th grade boys and



girls will be playing on Friday nights while Kindergarten through 5th grade will play on Saturday mornings. All games will be played at Winterberry Park. Practice and game schedules will be posted at

The Optimist Club of Marco Island soccer program would like to thank this season’s sponsors: Family Foot and Leg Center, Island Montessori Academy, Marco Island Marriott, Allied Pavers, Poling Medical Center, Megan A. Welker, DDS, Kriger Orthodontics, Mr. Squeegy Window Cleaning, Scott and Stacy at ERA Flagship Real Estate, Island Country Club, ?Q Fire & Explosion, Boxma Financial, Nacho Mama’s, Marco Island Academy, Gulfshore Insurance, Marco Island Bobcat, Sasso’s, Island Electronics, Crystal Horizons, Inc/Your Happy Home Handyman and Physician’s Regional Medical Center. Special thanks to former Soccer Program Director, Kim Burke for her years of service in laying the foundation of the OCMI’s largest program and Bob Poling for becoming the program’s new director. So, come join the fun during the fall soccer season, register at .

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