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Non-profit soccer club looking for help to keep program affordable

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A local non-profit is asking for your help to keep soccer affordable for all kids in the Madison area.

Millennium Soccer Club was founded in 2001 in Madison. Co-Founder Dan Wood said they did this in response to some families in low-income neighborhoods wanting recreational soccer, but it not being affordable.

"Club soccer was prohibitively expensive, there were barriers about transportation, how to get their children there," Wood said. "So, Millennium was set up as an affordable, easily accessible, neighborhood-based soccer program that would subsidize the uniforms, the equipment, and put together a program that would meet the needs of the kids."

For only $20, first through fifth graders have an opportunity to play on six Saturday mornings during the spring and fall seasons, as well as during six-week summer camps. The $20 includes practices, games, and even uniforms and shin guards.

Frank Rodriguez, who has a child in the program, said keeping the program at an affordable price is very important.

"It provides a lot of families the opportunity to have this soccer club in the community, that's affordable," Rodriguez said. "These families need that help, and the kids."

Rodriguez said the program has helped his son in many ways.

"It created the sense of unity with his friends, and has also helped him at school cause he had some structure," Rodriguez said. "He knew that he needed to play soccer, he also needed to do well in school."

You can find more information about Millennium Soccer Club on its website.

Wood and Rodriguez joined us on 27 News at 5 on Friday.

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