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Seattle Sounders coaches teach soccer skills to Yakima youth

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YAKIMA, WA - Several kids in Yakima got the opportunity to learn new soccer skills from the pros: Seattle Sounders coaches!

"I'm excited for, like, meeting a professional and playing soccer with a professional," said 10-year-old Diego Ramirez.

Diego is one of 50 kids who gathered at Chesterley Park. Why, exactly?

"Play soccer and have some fun," Diego said.

Seattle Sounders coaches were invited by the Community Health Plan of Washington to help promote health and outdoor activities among children.

"We want to just bring them out here to say one: thank you for staying healthy, and two: to give them a opportunity to train with some of the Sounders coaches," said Brisa Guajardo with Community Health Plan of Washington.

This is the second time Sounders coaches have come out to Yakima, and they say every time is a blast.

"You know, it's really fun to see the kids have fun honestly," said Marty Lackey, director of coaching for the Seattle Sounders. "Create a Disneyland experience for some that don't get that opportunity again to get out and play and just giving back to the community."

The organization plans to continue this event that is open for kids between the ages of 6 and 13 who are up to date with their wellness exams.

"Sometimes not everybody can make a trip to Seattle, so what we wanted to do with the partnership with the Sounders is we wanted to bring that opportunity here central Washington to Yakima," said Guajardo.

The organization also told us they will send 50 kids to a Seattle Sounders game for free. They will randomly select kids who are up to date on their wellness exams, so parents - if you want your kids to go, make sure they qualify.