Kim Decker, coordinator of the Kehillah of Old York Road Sunday Soccer League, 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, Sunday Soccer will begin its 20th 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 for older kids. (If demand exists, they plan to add a special needs team for younger kids.) Best of all, says Kim, it’s fun. “No one is turned away for lack of funds or lack of ability,” she says. “We’re here to have a good time and build community. What’s really special about our league is you get all kinds of Jews — and some non-Jews! — from all over, playing soccer together.”
The Sunday Soccer League’s 10-week program begins September 9th and ends November 18th, and costs $85. (Get a discounted rate by texting “FallSundaySoccer” to 22828 before August 13th.) And with 200 players expected this season — a 25% increase from last year — there’s more fun in store than ever. For more information or to register, click here.