Observer Staff Report
After 13 years, the Champlain Valley Union Soccer School is ending its run.
The popular soccer camp ran the first full week of July each year and embraced the theme “teaching the love of the game.” It was organized and run by CVU alums along with program players and kids who attended the camp in past years.
An average of 130 campers from the towns of Williston, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Charlotte attended each year. Young players from kindergarten to ninth grade were grouped at the camp with the guarantee of learning basic soccer and life skills in having fun with others their age.
Directors Stan Williams, Troy Paradee and Brad Parker decided to end what they said has been a “very successful soccer camp” and concentrate on other summer interests.
Williams, from Shelburne, will work with the town recreational program to run a soccer camp at the Shelburne Field House. Paradee, from Bristol, will use his time towards school and town issues. Parker, retired from CVU coaching, will take some time off and consider reestablishing a camp with the Hinesburg Rec program for the summer of 2015.