ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teacher will soon bring the game of soccer to kids who’ve lost it all.
As soon as Michael Liptay started teaching in Albuquerque, he said he saw a need.
“There’s a lot of kids that like soccer but can’t really afford it,” said Liptay.
He said it’s an expensive sport and extremely competitive. That’s why he started the Roadrunner Youth Soccer Organization a few years ago.
The program allows low-income students the chance to gain a competitive soccer experience, all while holding them to the standards of a student athlete.
“It’s helped me a lot in school and my grades,” said one player.
“We’re like getting the opportunity to play higher level,” said another student.
But Liptay is only getting started. He’s now partnering with the homeless shelters across the city, giving homeless youth a chance to play the game with their very own soccer clinic.
And by his side are the kids he’s been coaching for years.
“We’re giving the boys who we train on a regular basis, an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Liptay.
For two weeks in June, Liptays players will bring soccer to the shelters. They’ll even run the clinic.
“I’m very happy that I’m going to do this because I think they’re going to be really happy when we teach them to play soccer like have fun with them,” said one player.
Liptay even started a fundraising page to help give kids at the shelter their own uniforms and equipment.
“It’s going to be amazing to see some of the kids who maybe previously they haven’t even thought about playing soccer,” said Liptay.
And for Liptay’s players, they only have one goal. “I want to see them like happy, you know,” said one player.
The clinic will be offered to about 40 homeless kids.