WACO, Texas — Cold temperatures and wet grass couldn't keep University High's soccer players from the game Saturday.
The Trojans gathered inside the school's gym on a dreary February day to give back to the community.
"We felt there was a need at our elementary schools to go out, reach out to those elementary schools, teach them soccer and mentor them," Mike Chapman, a University High coach of 27 years, said. "So, we came up with the idea for our soccer buddies program."
That was about 10 years ago.
Since then, Chapman said more than 500 kids at neighboring elementary schools signed up for the program.
It's a chance to give back using the sport they hold so dearly.
"We want them to be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community," Chapman said.
Some of the players, both boys and girls, volunteering were among the students taking part in the program when it first started.
"I like to give back to my community," Luiz Martinez, UHS junior and boys soccer team captain, said. "To show these kids the fun of soccer and what University is all about."
The program is held Saturday at 10 a.m. in March and February at University H.S. in Waco.