Strikers take part in national KidVision VPK video segment
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers hosted a field trip from KidVision VPK for a segment which introduced soccer to 4-5 year olds. The segment is available online to teachers throughout the US.
The segment, which features Strikers President Tom Mulroy and several Strikers players, teaches small kids about the basics of soccer. A group of kids visit Lockhart Stadium and learn about soccer by watching a practice and then going on the field to practice what was learned.
“We’re thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful program,” said Strikers President Tom Mulroy. “We are proud to be able to introduce our sport to young children. Soccer is a sport that can be played by anyone and everyone. It teaches teamwork, motor skills, and most importantly, it keeps kids active."
The segment will be available on the KidVision VPK's website, an innovative and free online and on iPhone/iPad APP program that takes 4 to 5 year-old children on virtual field trips to learn national education standards (lessons). KidVision VPK's goal is to prepare all 4 year-old children for kindergarten with the assistance of hands-on activities and virtual field trips they can view at home or in the classroom. It’s also available on YouTube and PBS Learning Media's site.
Pre-K teachers are encouraged to go onto their site to earn free CEUs. They do this by watching the videos hosted on their site and taking a test of the lessons covered. The teachers can also download supporting teaching materials of topics covered by field trip. Additionally, through a grant funding from the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC), DVDs will be produced and distributed to Broward county pre-K schools.
The CSC who is also a sponsor of the Strikers’ Kicks for Kids program, facilitated the partnership between the Strikers and KidVision VPK for this segment. Kicks for Kids powered by Children's Services Council of Broward County is a program that supports underprivileged children by giving them the opportunity to experience the excitement of a Fort Lauderdale Strikers home game at Lockhart Stadium.
The full segment can be watched here:
Special thanks to Amy Bennett for photography of the event!
About KidVision VPK
KidVision VPK is an innovative FREE online and on APP program that takes 4-year-old children on virtual field trips to learn education standards. The virtual field trips are exciting and educational, teaching the standards children need to know, as determined by the Florida Department of Education, in a meaningful manner for long lasting learning. Children learn specific knowledge and skills and at the same time learn about the places, people, and things in their community. Learn more at http://www.KidVisionVPK.org
About Children’s Services Council of Broward County
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the CSC is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.