Young soccer players rally for support of Proposition 4 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/28/09

Young soccer players rally for support of Proposition 4

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Several young players from the Lubbock Soccer Association filled Market Street's parking lot on Quaker and 98th Street all with one common goal.

"Vote yes, vote yes, vote yes," chanted the kids outside of Market Street.

Most of these kids have been playing soccer their whole life, and while their skills may get sharper, one thing that has never improved is the fields. "I tripped once, I sprained my ankle," said one player.

"It's kind of hard whenever you are playing soccer to kick the ball because it's so rough and bumpy and it feels like you are running up and down hills sometimes," said soccer player Taylor Stallings.

Fields they say are so bad, the parents have to fill prairie dog holes before each game. "My mom actually this last weekend fell into a hole that you couldn't see and broke her arm in two places so it's not only a danger to the kids, but it's a danger to spectators as well," said soccer parent and coach Matt McNeme.

That's why the Lubbock Soccer Association wants you to vote yes for proposition 4, a $9-million project. "If the fields are more better we could play better and the ball might go more straight because sometimes it just goes out of control," said soccer player Kellyn Davies.

This would be phase two of the youth sports complex at FM 1585 and Milwaukee Avenue. A project parents say could benefit the entire community.  "Teams typically don't want to come here and play in tournaments and we are missing out on a lot of economic development money that we could be bringing in for tournaments," said McNeme.

On Wednesday more than 1,000 people turned out to cast their early ballot. Early voting continues until Friday evening, and Election Day is next Tuesday.

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