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Staffer Scores South Africa Soccer Camp


Coach, Local Soccer Players Head to South Africa for a World Cup Soccer Camp

A UC Riverside staff member and four girls on a team he coaches are five of ten soccer enthusiasts in the nation to attend the camp.

(June 11, 2010)

UC Riverside staff member Greg Kund with players Briana Fonseca, Sami Vessels, Brooke Honcharik and Summer Addink.Enlarge

UC Riverside staff member Greg Kund with players Briana Fonseca, Sami Vessels, Brooke Honcharik and Summer Addink.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. –Greg Kund, a UC Riverside staff research associate and a coach for a local club soccer team, will leave for South Africa on Sunday, June 13 along with four Riverside-area players to attend a soccer camp being held in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup Tournament.

Kund and the members of Riverside Matrix Soccer Club were among eight teens and two coaches from the United States who will travel to TUKS Village at the University of Pretoria to receive professional soccer training from June 13 through 21.

The other team includes a coach and four players from Left Foot Soccer Academy in Minnesota. They will join 250 other soccer-playing teens from around the world.

“We really feel like U.S. delegates,” said Kund. “It is an honor to be selected for something like this.”

Kund works in UC Riverside’s Department of Entomology. He has been coaching soccer for more than a decade, starting as a volunteer with the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He became a coach for the Matrix Soccer Club about four years ago and is also the president of that organization.

His team was chosen through Coca Cola’s Live Positively soccer camp contest. Entrants were asked to write an essay that demonstrated healthy active lifestyles through soccer, leadership abilities both on and off the soccer field, and excellent academics. In addition to the soccer camp, they will visit a nature reserve in Johannesburg and will attend a live FIFA World Cup match between South Africa and Uruguay.

The World Cup started (today) June 11 and continues through July 11.

All his players are as committed to their education and community service as they are to soccer, said Kund.

“This is a culmination of hard work for these girls and myself and is a nice reward for years of community service and dedication,” said Kund. “It is a pleasure to be their coach and it’s wonderful that these four girls will have this opportunity.”

He will accompany the following players to South Africa:

Sami Vessels just finished her freshman year at Ramona High School, where she was a member of the varsity soccer team and was also on the school’s volleyball and swim teams. She belongs to several school organizations, including the AVID college-readiness program and the school’s Bible Club. She and was nominated by her peers as freshman homecoming princess based on her scholastic and leadership qualities.

Brooke Honcharik is a student at Riverside Poly High School and was the top scorer during the 2009-10 season. Recently she went to Haiti as part of her volunteer work with the Fuel Relief Fund, which supplies basic fuel sources for victims of natural disasters. Honcharik is active in musical theatre, is a member of her high school honor choir and worked with her school’s French Honor Society to raise almost $1,500 for relief efforts.

Summer Addink just finished her freshman year at Riverside Poly High School. She was a member of the school’s varsity soccer and track teams. Addink has traveled to Mexico for service projects, including helping with a carnival for orphaned children and restoring houses. She also participates in an annual 30-hour famine coordinated through her church to raise awareness of poverty. She has also traveled to San Francisco, where she delivered meals to the homeless, worked at shelters and day camps for children and ministered to AIDS patients.

Briana Fonseca will be a sophomore at Vista Del Lago High School in the fall. She made the varsity soccer team and scored 30 goals, setting the record for the highest number of goals scored at the school. She is an honor roll student and is active in her church’s youth group. Fonseca assists younger students at her former elementary and middle schools, and was awarded counseling ambassador of the year.

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