Kim Decker, coordinator of the Kehillah of Old York Road, stands at the edge of a huge expanse of manicured grass and makes a grand gesture with her arms. “This is our field!” she hollers, voice echoing off the trees ringing the soccer field. “This is where we play!” You can hardly blame Kim for her excitement. In a few short weeks, here on the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mandell Campus in Elkins Park, the Sunday Soccer League will begin its 21st year — and this league for kids ages Pre-K through 9th grade is poised to hold its biggest season ever.
The intramural league’s popularity owes something to its inclusivity. Unlike so many local soccer leagues, which hold Saturday games, the Kehillah (community) league plays on Sundays, allowing a wider range of Jews to participate. Teams are co-ed, and there’s also a special needs team. Best of all, says Kim, it’s fun. “No one is turned away for lack of funds or lack of ability,” she says. “What’s really special about our league is you get all kinds of Jews — and some non-Jews! — from all over, playing soccer together. We’re here to have a good time and build community.”
The Sunday Soccer League’s program runs September through November. For more information and to register, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay tuned for the Kehillah of Old York Road’s new spring sport: ultimate frisbee!