BREMERTON, WA — (club release) The Kitsap Pumas and local Boys & Girls Clubs on the Olympic Peninsula have entered into a partnership for the 2016 season, the club announced today. As part of the agreement, as many as three members will receive free admission to Pumas home games with a paying adult when they wear Boys & Girls Club apparel.
“This is another community outreach effort that we’re excited to begin,” Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “We hope the young Boys & Girls Club members can find role models to look up to and emulate on the field.”
Boys & Girls Clubs are spread throughout the Olympic Peninsula, with locations in Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Kingston, Bainbridge Island and Belfair. They are part of the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which strives to empower young people to realize their full potential.
“It quickly became apparent to me that I had a bunch of soccer fans on my hands,” said Liam McEvilly, the new program director at Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club. “This partnership with the Pumas is a great next step in creating a real passion for the sport among our members, while simultaneously giving extra exposure to a great local soccer franchise.”
To kick off the partnership, three members of the 2016 Pumas squad visited the Boys & Girls Club on Bainbridge Island on April 21, speaking to members about the free-admission promotion. The Pumas stuck around afterward to play games and interact with the young members.
In addition to Boys & Girls Club members, the Pumas have also extended an offer of free admission to members of any Olympic Peninsula youth soccer club wearing team apparel with a paying adult. The regular season kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 7 with a home match against the Victoria Highlanders at Gordon Field.
For the general public, adult tickets will cost $10. Senior tickets are available for $7.50, as well as youth tickets for $5. Tickets and details of all promotions are available on the club website.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America strive to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity. BGCA branches are located throughout the Olympic Peninsula in Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Kingston, Bainbridge Island and Belfair.
The Kitsap Pumas enter their eighth season in the Premier Development League in 2016 after winning the Northwest Division for the fourth time in 2015. The Pumas won the PDL national championship in 2011 and advanced to the national final again in 2014, establishing themselves as a reputable professional club with a proven record of moving players onto the next level in the process. Kitsap plays its home matches at Gordon Field, an intimate 1,500-capacity stadium on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton, Wash.
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