Due to the late start to the girls’ soccer season, Coach Mark Perdew organized a one-day preseason camp to kickstart the season before the first season game. The team spent their last day of Spring Break at Coach Perdew’s unique Rocky Mountain Soccer Camp venue, set in Victor, CO, the historical “City of Gold Mines.” The distant backdrop of the San de Cristo Mountains from the old Victor School, and the lack of oxygen reminded the girls of the extra elevation, just shy of 10,000 feet.
Elevating their game involved team building activities, coaching sessions, X & Os, and practice drills on the Gold Bowl field in the center of town. The day concluded with pizza and a hike through town which included gold nuggets of historical facts about the surroundings. Did you know that the Independence Mine is the oldest gold mine in the world?
“It was time well spent,” said Blayse S. ’21, “and the team building activities were fun. I only wish we could have had more time in Victor playing soccer and learning about the history of the area. I cannot wait to go back.”
Coach Mark Perdew added, “The day camp was condensed due to time restraints, yet we met our goals of bonding as a team and getting everyone on the same page before our first game. It’s definitely a tactic we will look to refine and use again in future seasons.”
Thank you to the Kodiak Athletics Booster Club for funding this camp and making this rewarding event possible for our girls’ soccer program.