Special to The Breeze
The Cape Coral Hurricanes paid a visit to the Bonita Springs Preparatory & Fitness Academy last week as part of the school's annual soccer field day festivities.
The Hurricanes players were there to meet with the kids, tour the school, have some fun and naturally play in a friendly match against the some of the students.
The game started friendly enough too with six Hurricane players playing against a full 11-player squad of 8th graders but when the Hurricanes, who were truly showing off their individual skills, went up 5-2, the school brought in their secret weapon a swarm of 1st and 2nd graders bringing the home team's player count to over 20!
"I honestly can't tell who had more fun," said Hurricane General Manager J.P. Terrasi, "the students or our players. Even though the guys were truly winded from putting on a show, we all couldn't stop laughing and having a great time with the kids! It was such a fun day and I want to thank Brenda Arnold, from the Academy, who put this whole event together for us."
A great time was had by all and the school eventually took home the Championships trophies with a 6-5 win. Each school participant got an award from the academy and the Hurricanes players each gave out team embroidered T-shirts and shorts along with dozens of autographs and pictures.
"The guys were treated like rock stars for sure," Terrasi said. "They really enjoyed themselves and a couple of them had never signed an autograph before, so the day was truly special for everyone involved. We already can't wait for the rematch next year!"
After the match, the Hurricane players ventured into the school's classrooms where they met and played with more students that weren't a part of the day's festivities.
"It was a lot of fun and it was great to see the Hurri-canes come down here to Bonita to take part in the day with us," said Brenda Arnold, the school's physical education teacher. "It was also great that they took the time to visit each of the classrooms and hang out with the other students as well."
You can see over 80 pictures from the adventure on the Hurricanes Facebook page at: www.face-book.com/capehurricanes and on the photo gallery page of the team's website too.
For more information about the Bonita Springs Fitness Academy, visit: www.edvantages.com/bonitasprings/bonita_welcome.html
The Hurricanes are home Friday, May 31st when the team takes on the Tampa Marauders in their 3rd match of the NPSL season. The game will take place at Cape Coral High School at 7 pm.
Both teams are members of the newly formed Sunshine Conference of the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) that also includes Miami United, Jacksonville United and the Georgia Revolution. For more on the game, the players and special promotions for both teams, you can visit their websites at: www.CapeHurricanes.com and www.tampamarauders.com
Tickets will be sold at the gate for only $6 for adults, $4 for students and then youth (14 and under) who are members of any youth soccer organization, can get in FREE with a paid adult as long as they wear their soccer club jersey.