A Knox County school is thanking local donors who helped them field their first soccer team in 20 years.
Last year, Vine Middle School fielded a soccer team for the first time in 20 years thanks to the generosity of local donors through the Great Schools Partnership.
The school held a donor appreciation banquet Thursday for donors including the Knoxville Volunteer Rotary Club, SMART Institute, Emerald Youth Sports, YOKE, Knoxville Parks and Recreation and Knoxville Football Club/Crush Soccer.
The team received new apparel Thursday thanks to a grant from the Knoxville Volunteer Rotary Club.
“They are crazy excited. Since our partners have contributed in such a large way, we were able to get really high-quality jerseys this year,” Said Kendra Berry with Great Schools Partnership.
“What I like to tell everybody is it’s not just the fact is something to wear but really kind of who we are. We wear that. So for them to have purple and gold on and be the Golden Bears and to do that proudly through soccer, that’s a big deal for our kids.”
With a student population hailing from more than 10 countries, the school is always looking for activities to bring the students together. Soccer seemed to be a logical choice, explained Vine Community School resource coordinator Kendra Berry.
“Soccer, or what is more commonly referred to as football by non-Americans, is a sport that is played around the globe and an activity we really felt a lot of our students would enjoy,” Berry said. “Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to restart our soccer program and are preparing to go into our second season.”