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OLLU Hosts Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Camp

OLLU Hosts Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Camp

By Anisia Serrano


SAN ANTONIO  (Jan. 24, 2024) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's and women's soccer teams hosted the Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Camp in December. The athletes spent the morning setting up drills and games for children ages 4-17 at the OLLU soccer field.

Kick Childhood Cancer Camp is a camp that was created to honor Nicolas "Nico" Ramirez Castro, who was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. He passed away 16 months after his diagnosis. Nico loved to play soccer, and the goal of the camp is to continue sharing Nico's love for the sport while raising funds for research on pediatric cancer.

Women's soccer Head Coach Victoria Vasquez commented, "The campers seemed to enjoy the experience and that's mainly due to the spirit and selflessness of our players." She also commented that she hopes the OLLU athletes felt the positive impact they were creating for the children participating.

All OLLU teams regularly participate in community programs as part of the NAIA Champions of Character program. The program's vision is to change the culture of sport by providing training to instill the values that build character to students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the field.

The Champions of Character program helps participants find balance by keeping five core values – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership – at the heart of the athletics experience.