OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 6 Creighton men’s soccer team will host its third annual “Kicking with the Jays” free soccer clinic for children from the Omaha Housing Authority at Morrison Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. CT.
Joining the current Creighton men’s soccer staff and student-athletes this year at the event will be former CU head men’s soccer coach Bob Warming, currently the head coach at Penn State, and his Nittany Lions. PSU is in town this weekend to play an exhibition against Omaha Saturday night. The following day, Creighton will entertain No. 7 Notre Dame on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Morrison Stadium.
The Warming family will be on site as well as both squads. They founded Audrey’s Shoes for Kids, an organization that provides youth with soccer shoes, shin guards, and socks in memory of Audrey Warming, the 21- year old daughter of the coach who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2012. At last year’s clinic, over 150 pairs of soccer shoes and shin guards were given out to kids ages 8 to 18, many of whom come from refugee families from Sudan and Ethiopia.
Creighton and UnitedHealthcare will again cosponsor the “Kicking With the Jays”, event. The shoes are funded by private donations, including contributions from major shoe companies.
Warming boasts the most victories in Jays soccer history. A member of the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, he led Creighton from 1990-94 and again from 2001-09, posting a combined record of 190-61-34 (.726) during his 14 years with the Jays.
“We are continuing the legacy that Bob and Audrey Warming began with the Omaha Housing Authority, we are very grateful that so many people have donated to this program,” said current Creighton head men’s soccer coach Elmar Bolowich. “We are also thankful for the support from the vendors, to donate and ship shoes that we can provide for the kids. I believe this to be an unprecedented event in college soccer and a local community.
“Its important for our players to see that there are kids that are underserved, even in Omaha,” added Bolowich. “Its a good thing for us to help these kids, instruct them a little bit and show them what college soccer is all about, so they look at both the educational side and athletic side of college.”
For these children soccer is more than a pastime, it is a passion. “Kicking with the Jays” aims to utilize soccer to reach the lives of children with the message that you can have fun, play and live an active and healthy lifestyle no matter your age or economic status.