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World Cup Camp Comes to the South Bay



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    A fan of Brazil's soccer team reacts as he watches the World Cup 2010 soccer match between Brazil and Chile on a giant screen at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, June 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    On the heels of the World Cup, cops, teens and at-risk kids  kicked-off two weeks of intensive soccer at this year's fourth annual "Kick,  Lead and Dream" camp this week.

          In addition to the yearly summer camp, "Kick, Lead and Dream" will  soon be offering soccer picnics every few months at local parks. At Mountain  View High School, "Kick, Lead and Dream" has become a formal student club,  and other schools will likely follow suit, according to the city of Mountain  View Police Department.
    Volunteer coaches are 14- to 17-year-old soccer stars from local  schools, and campers are at-risk 8- to 15-year-old local boys and girls.
    This year's camp has grown dramatically since its first year,  hosting over 70 coaches and 220 campers. In its first year, the camp hosted  five coaches and 25 campers.
    In addition to teaching soccer skills, the program also aims to  instill basic values of leadership, teamwork and integrity into the campers.
    Speakers at this year's camp include players from the San Jose  Earthquakes, Super Bowl champion Keith Moody and former Ghana soccer team  player George Lamptey, among others.
    The camp is a collaborative effort among the Mountain View Police  Activities League, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and the Mountain  View Los Altos Soccer Club.
    The camp, held at Cherry Chase School in Sunnyvale, began on July  26 and will conclude on Aug. 6 with a final scrimmage and formal awards  ceremony.