For a third straight year, more than 40 Hamilton students are organizing, coaching and refereeing a youth soccer program in Utica. Cornhill Youth Soccer is a full-scale soccer league, affiliated with the American Youth Soccer Organization and supported by Hamilton students.
Erica Colligan '06 and Kristina Carroll '07 founded CYS in 2005 so that children from one of Utica's poorest neighborhoods could have a safe, organized after-school activity. Soccer was a good match because it encourages teamwork, offers lots of exercise and doesn't require expensive equipment. Students from two Utica elementary schools take part. Responsibility for directing the league is shared this year by Anne Evans '09, Bill Getman '09 and Molly Kane '09, all of whom volunteered as coaches for the first two seasons.
"For these kids, many of whom have never played a sport, this league gives them a chance to have some awesome role models in their coaches and have fun playing soccer," said Getman, a government major and member of the rugby team. "I came back to coach for a second season and now to coordinate because Cornhill Youth Soccer is worth it. As a student-athlete with a job, it takes a lot to get me to donate my time. With CYS, even the smallest time commitment for these kids pays off tenfold."