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Business donates soccer field

April 15, 2001

Business donates soccer field



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Donated soccer fieldPhoto: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Gerry Spessard believes in sharing the wealth.

For years, two acres surrounding the Keller-Stonebraker Insurance Group building off Eastern Boulevard, sat idle until area soccer enthusiasts approached Spessard about holding practices at the site.

Spessard, who is president of Keller-Stonebraker, said he didn't hesitate to grant the Cumberland Valley Youth Soccer League's request.

"I'm glad to see it being used," said Spessard.

The land was originally earmarked for an office building but plans never materialized, said Spessard.

The Keller-Stonebraker property is owned by a partnership of local business people, including Spessard.

Soccer fields in Washington County are at premium, according to Henry House, president of the Cumberland Valley Youth Soccer League.

In its second season, the Cumberland Valley Youth Soccer League has 30 teams that all need fields to practice and hold games, he said.

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"We rely on community support," said House.

House said the league is important to area youth because it gives them a chance to play against soccer players throughout Washington County from an early age.

The league has about 400 players, 14 years old and under, he said. After the age of 14, players will be entering high school and will have already competed against youths that likely will be on area school teams, he said.

Practices and games for girls 10 years old and under and other co-educational soccer games are held regularly at the Keller-Stonebraker property, he said.

"Without their generosity, we probably would not be able to provide soccer to that age group," said House.

Keller-Stonebraker handles cutting the grass, while parents line the field for every game and provide goals, said Spessard.

"The parents have been superb. I've received a lot of nice thankyou notes," said Spessard.

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