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Former Prep Stars Prepare for Shodair Classic

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It's day one of practices at the Shodair Soccer Classic here at Carroll College, and talking to these kids just being a part of the premier All Star soccer game here in Montana is a pretty big honor.

"It was really cool because I remember going to these as a kid, and I always wanted to play in one," said former Capital Bruin Ely Walker. "So it felt really cool to get invited, and felt good to get back out here."

"These girls I've played against probably since I was ten years old," said former CMR Lady Rustler Lindsay Martinez. "And I've seen them get better, and I'm seeing that a lot of them are going on to play college soccer. Should be fun to get to know people who have been kind of rivals."

But this game is about more than competition. The reason these athletes play isn't for them to win, but so that the children at the Shodair Children's hospital in Helena win.

"We all go through injuries on the soccer field, but what those kids are going through, and just being able to support them means a lot," said former Hellgate Knight Jonathan Taylor. "Knowing they keep fighting everyday, it's really not that hard that you're going through a 90 minute game."

"It's a good thing to talk to these kids, and learn a bit more about them, and spend some time with them," said former Billings Senior Bronc Sarah Coghlan. "And being able to play the game you love just for them is an amazing."

Tomorrow morning the players will host a youth soccer camp for kids all around the area, including some from the Shodair hospital. And following that they'll actually go to Shodair to have lunch with the kids they'll help. We'll have more on that tomorrow.

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