The Soccer Buddies basic skills program, started by Jess Miehe and her husband Richie, has grown from approximately 50 participants last year to nearly 100 this summer. Under the guidance of a mix of college athletes (who are home for the summer) and student coaches from White Bear Lake Area High School, dozens of young athletes are taught soccer basics and teamwork on the athletic fields near Central Middle School.

According to organizer Jess Miehe, the program has received support from the community and local businesses, including Front Runners, Revolution Sporting Goods, White Bear Community Services, White Bear Soccer Club and the National Honor Society. Remaining Wednesday evening dates for Soccer Buddies are July 12 and 19.

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