The Tracy High soccer program got a boost from Tracy Chevrolet to start the 2018-19 season.
The local dealership presented coach Phil Kalis and Tracy High athletic director Gary Henderson with 45 new soccer balls, including game balls and sizes suitable for practice and youth clinics, plus five ball pumps and five ball bags. The boxes of donated equipment also hold collapsible practice goals, training field markers, first-aid kits, whiteboards for the coaches and whistles with lanyards.
“I gave them the catalog so they could tailor it to what they needed,” said Tracy Chevrolet executive assistant Lorna Yearwood, who coordinated the donation with Henderson.
She also presented Tracy High with $500 in addition to all of the equipment, along with two of the company’s banners to display at Wayne Schneider Stadium, where the Tracy teams play.
Kalis said that he always has a budget for equipment at the start of the season, but after the necessities are bought for the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams, there isn’t much money left.
“It’s nice to have some things that maybe we wouldn’t have budgeted for,” he said. “You get the things you need first: the jerseys and game balls. The extras sometimes you neglect.”
He said that the equipment will last a long time, replacing equipment that is worn out. Some of it, such as the 10 first-aid kits, can be shared with physical education classes.
“The rebounders are going to be amazing for the training, so they can do some solo training,” he said. “The youth balls, … we’re going to be able to use those so hopefully we can do some camps with kids. Just having new bags — ours were torn to bits.”