Wednesday, October 1, 2014

JCPenney Houston Soccer Camp

***Disclosure - This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, JCPenney has partnered with Monica Gonzalez and Gonzo Soccer to host a free soccer clinic for Houston-area girls ages 8-16 years old. Gonzo Soccer's leadership academy provides young girls with premier soccer training along with valuable leadership and life skills.

I was invited as a Houston Blogger to cover this event and I was blown away at how awesome this event truly was for our young girls in the community. As a young girl I myself played soccer and wish there would have been amazing events like this!

The event provided the opportunity for Houston-area girls to:
  • Hear Monica Gonzalez's inspiring story and learn from her life skills training
  • Learn the pro's soccer tips and tricks in an exciting mini-clinic
  • Get styled with the latest sporty hair trends by JCPenney Salon
  • Enjoy healthy snacks, refreshments and music 

As the girls got to the event they were greeted by some friendly faces where they registered, received gift bags and a soccer ball.

Next stop the girls were able to personalize their very own Xersion sports jersey on-site.

The girls were able to get styled and even a little hair chalk color by the JCPenney Salon hair stylists.

Whole Foods catered this event and offered the girls some delicious healthy snacks and refreshments.

Best of all they got to hear some soccer tips for New & Beginner Players from Monica Gonzalez such as:

-Set goals. Why are you playing - for fun? To become a pro? Keep your goal in mind and create actionable steps to reach it.

-Get as many touches to the ball as possible - the more you practice, the better you'll become.

-Play at your level, and find a team or league that's just above your level. That way you'll be challenged to improve your game and reach the next level

Mónica González officially joined ESPN in September 2011 as a soccer commentator, following her successful debut as a studio analyst during the network’s unprecedented coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. 

González serves as a sideline reporter for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams on ESPN, studio and match analyst for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup, the Longhorn Network, and a contributor to ESPN W, ESPN’s digital platform for female athletes and fans.

González was a founding member in 1998 of the Mexican Women’s National team and helped lead the team in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She captained the team from 2003 – 2007, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece – the nation’s first appearance in Olympic soccer competition. González has also played in several Gold Cups and FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers for Mexico.

You can find her on Twitter @MonicaGonzo

As you can see if you have a daughter or know some other female that loves soccer you do not want to miss this event when it comes back to Houston. Thank you JCPenney, Gonzo Soccer and Latina Mom Bloggers for having me it was an event to remember- MM