Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shaun May
(240) 676-4607 (Cell)
Maryland SoccerPlex Welcomes Hispanic Community With New Websites
New Spanish Websites make it easier for Hispanic Community to stay in touch
Boyds, Md. (April 28, 2016) – Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger is pleased to announce the Maryland SoccerPlex and SAM Soccer (the soccer club run by the Maryland SoccerPlex) now offer Spanish versions of its websites. Here are links to the two new sites: http://www.mdsoccerplex.org/index_S.html and http://www.samsoccer.org/index_S.html.
“The Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM) has seen its greatest growth over the last few years in the Hispanic demographic” said Heffelfinger. “The same can be said for our adult and recreational leagues so over time we have added different elements to make their participation easier. The Spanish websites has been the largest endeavor but we felt it showed our commitment to the Hispanic community”
Any information on the English portion of the website can now be found translated by simply clicking on the Español button at the top of the banner. The latest tournament and camp information as well as all schedules can now be read more easily by members of the Hispanic community.
Another key element of the Spanish versions of the site are the inclusion of the scholarship program. SAM was established by the Maryland Soccer Foundation in 2005 and so it follows the belief that every child should be able to experience the beautiful game of soccer regardless of their financial situation. Since the inception of SAM need-based financial assistance has been provided to families who want to participate in any SAM program. The amount of scholarships has risen dramatically over the last five years with a large percentage of recipents being Hispanic. This new site will help additional children receive financial support to play.
“We have always had staff members who are bilingual on site who could help out during the games and tournaments,” said Heffelfinger. “We thought this was the next step, and so far it has been very well received.”
About the Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center
The Maryland SoccerPlex (www.mdsoccerplex.org - 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841) features 22 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields. The SoccerPlex offers a combination of playing surfaces and an award-winning stadium field. The SoccerPlex has been home to the Soccer Association of Montgomery (SAM) since 2005 and has programs for players from age 2 -18. In little more than a decade of existence SAM has established itself as one of the top programs in the region by providing superior development skills, educational soccer programs and sportsmanship to its players. Additionally, the SoccerPlex offers camps, classes and clinics all throughout the year.
The Discovery Sports Center is the largest open indoor space in Montgomery County. The arena features 8 basketball and/or volleyball courts on a lined urethane surface from March to November. In November, two synthetic turf fields are rolled out complete with netting for indoor soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and rugby. The Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center celebrated its 15th year of operation on Oct. 11, 2015.