By Jesse Wood
The first-ever 4-on-4 soccer tournament benefiting the exceptional classrooms in Watauga County Schools is taking place over Labor Day weekend, Monday, Sept. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Kelsey Strickland, a freshman at Watauga High School, organized the event to “purchase items and manipulatives to enhance … the self-contained autistic classrooms,” according to the event’s website.
“During 7th and 8th grade at Hardin Park, Kelsey served as a peer mentor in the self-contained autistic classroom as part of her curriculum and loved every minute. Kelsey is now looking to continue to impact the self-contained autistic classrooms by providing equipment, adaptations and experiences to enhance their environment.”
The event is open to just about all ages – from children in kindergarten to adults. Each co-ed team will feature a roster of 4 to 6 individuals, and the divisions are as follows: kindergarten; 1st-2nd grade; 3rd-4th grade; 5th-6th grade; 7th-8th grade; high school open division; and adult open division.
The entry fee is $20 per team plus website registration fee. To register, email your roster of 4 to 6 participants to [email protected].
All of the proceeds go to the exceptional children program at Watauga County Schools.
The event will take place at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone.