Social distancing couldn’t stop FC Dallas and the soccer players at Jubilee Park & Community Center from participating in a virtual skills clinic on Tuesday in Dallas.
FC Dallas defenders Bryan Reynolds and Tanner Tessmann kicked off the clinic with a message of encouragement.
“You never know when your chance is going to come to play. You have to be ready for the opportunity,” said Tessmann. “Everyone’s path is different. Always be ready, never give up on yourself and keep working hard.”
FC Dallas youth coach Jesse Suarez led athletes through drills focused on dynamic movements, speed and agility, individual ball mastery, partner passing and proper finishing.
“We are excited to be partnering with FC Dallas again,” said Charnese Evans, Jubilee Park & Community Center Program Delivery Manager.
FC Dallas, Toyota and Chase also donated t-shirts, gym bags and soccer balls to participants.
FC Dallas has produced in-person clinics at Jubilee Park but because of social distancing precautions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic pivoted to a virtual one in 2020.
“Our youth love soccer and are happy to have to opportunity to participate virtually and learn new skills,” Evans said.
In 2014, the FC Dallas Foundation partnered with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to construct a soccer field that can be used year-round at the Community Center. In that time, the field has hosted numerous clinics and afterschool events for the Center’s students.
Jubilee Park and Community Center provides educational opportunities and afterschool programs for residents of southeast Dallas’ Jubilee Park neighborhood.