We don’t usually feature camps on this site since they are not really family activities. However, some things are worth the exception. That is the case with the Sanneh Foundation’s Free Soccer Camps.
In 2010, The Sanneh Foundation began a partnership with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to offer Free Soccer Clinics at parks and rec centers. This summer’s camps started in early June, but there is still time to sign up for some of the July and August camps. You can find information about registering for the camps at the Sanneh Foundation website or download this Sanneh Soccer Free Camps.pdf. As part of the camp, your kids will receive a t-shirt and can be loaned any essential soccer equipment they do not have. They will spend three hours a day on the field. The instructors are professional coaches. Snacks are included at most sites.
The Sanneh Foundation was started by former professional soccer player, Tony Sanneh. The Foundation provides a variety of programs geared toward the health and well-being of the local youth. For instance, during the school year, they place several “coaches” in each of the Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools to work with the at-risk youth to get their grades up and get them motivated and prepared for college. They also run a soccer facility in Haiti where they frequently send shipments of clothing, soccer gear and other supplies as well as sponsor a team of 18 players and 4 coaches to travel to Minnesota from Haiti for a month in the summer to attend various camps and participate in the USA Cup in Blaine this weekend. (Which is another family outing you could consider this weekend).