A regular infusion of equipment and shirts have been flowing since 2011 to the Brooklyn Center Soccer program for youth. At right, Police Officer Peterson and Brookdale Chevrolet Accessories Manager Chris Johnson distributed jerseys in a variety of colors at a soccer practice for 3- and 4-year-olds.
The 2014 program drew 208 children up to age 14, with 28 teams and 17 coaches, said Program Supervisor Kelly Mertes with the City of Brooklyn Center’s Community Activities, Recreation and Services department.
The season concluded with a pizza party for 500 people, attended by the dealership managers from the area and Home Office staff members. Johnson, a key organizer since the program’s beginning, was given a framed soccer jersey from the police. “I was surprised. It was kind of nice,” he said. “It was a little kid one with a soccer medal.”