The SLSG MO ECNL teams are living up to the club’s mission of being the best club in country, a club that positively impacts the development of our players on and off the field and positively impacts the community.
Last winter, the WWT Soccer Park was flooded and nearly destroyed, devastating the entire club and soccer community of St. Louis. However, what was amazing to see was the way the entire community jumped in with both feet to help restore the park to what it is today. After seeing such a tremendous response from the club and community as a whole, Ralph Richards of the SLSG MO ECNL program wanted to give back to the community as much as the community has given to the club. The motto for the SLSG ECNL program this year was “More Than A Game,” designated as #MTAG by our girls’ teams on social media.
This would be the ECNL program’s most successful ECNL Regional Competitive season to date with a couple of teams already guaranteed Champions League places in this summer’s ECNL National Playoffs and others close behind, hoping for similar outcomes after the spring season concludes.
In addition to the performances on the field, several of the girls from the U18’s took a leadership role in this season’s Upper 90 Project. The girls thought that the organizations below would be the best way for our players’ to give back and help others in the St. Louis community:
“I am so proud of all our ECNL players this winter. Their actions on the field have been noticed, but their actions off the field have been felt by many more,” said Ralph Richards, ECNL Director. “Led by the senior class down through to 6th grade, these young ladies brought so many smiles and comfort to the less fortunate in our community. At the same time, I could see the strong humbling effect it had on these girls at both the Food Outreach Program and NGNS.”
“Leading the club in service projects throughout St. Louis was really special to me,” said Brynne Polivka, 98’s ECNL. “Taking on the challenge of finding noble causes helped me to understand the importance of giving back. This was also a great opportunity to bring the newly formed teams in the Elite Program together.”
“My experience at the food outreach helped me open my eyes,” said Sam Cary, 00’s ECNL. “It made me realize how fortunate I am to be given the opportunities that I have.”
“Volunteering at the Food Outreach in the city brought my team closer together,” said Cassidy Nurnberger, 98’s ECNL. “It was an amazing experience to be a part of, especially representing SLSG which has a strong community presence.”
”It was humbling to see how volunteering and giving back brought so many smiles to everyone on the team and happiness to all the people we helped,” added Hannah Higgins, 01’s ECNL.