Soccer Moms Cook Up a Soccer Ball
by Peter Shelton
May 03, 2012 | 1185 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RIDGWAY – “It would be nice if Ridgway’s soccer teams could play their home games on their home field,” said Michelle Kyne, a soccer mom if there ever was one.

Kyne is part of a group trying to raise money to finish the soccer field at the Ridgway Secondary School, a field that was always in the plan but has been left uncompleted due to budget cuts.

As an initial fundraiser, Kyne and her committee in support of KXS, Kids eXcel at Soccer, are hosting a community dance in Ridgway, a so-called Soccer Ball, May 12 at the Sherbino Theater. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Adults and kids. Dancing. With DJ John Clark. I hear he’s awesome and has an awesome playlist appropriate for all ages.”

The event runs 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Cover is $5. And there will be a cash bar.

Kyne’s son Kolton is a graduating senior at RSS. “He’s been in soccer since kindergarten,” his mother said. “Soccer has been a big part of our lives for a long time.”

Kyne ran the youth soccer program in Ridgway for years. She was a driving force in getting the new school built and in completing the gymnasium. “Now there’s this one last thing that needs to be done,” she said.

According to Debbie Wheeler, another KXS member and mother of another footballer, “Sixty percent of all the kids in the county play soccer. It’s the most popular sport in the Ridgway/Ouray area. The Solar Ranch field [where school and club teams play now] is simply not adequate for all the practices and games.” Wheeler wants to see the “unused soccer field at the RSS [become] a first-rate area.”

KXS members estimate the cost to renovate the field, on the east side of the school above the river, at somewhere around $25,000. “Our initial goal is $25,000,” said Kyne. “That will get the field playable. We’d like to raise more eventually for a fence, scoreboards, concessions and bathrooms.”

“The school has found $10,000 for the restoration,” Wheeler told The Watch. Kyne explained that the school contribution comes from its capital improvements account, a tax-funded mandatory account. “We don’t want people to ask why the district would put money into a field when they cut staff last year.” The Ridgway School Booster Club has added $3,795.

“[Former school board member and soccer dad] Don Batchelder is writing the mission statement for the project,” Wheeler said in a phone interview. “And [local climbing guide] Danika Gilbert is writing grant proposals to GOCO and the Telluride Foundation. We have about $15-16,000 now. We need more.”

Work has already begun seeding the new field. The Soccer Ball, subtitled “An Old Fashioned Ridgway Community Dance,” is a chance for everyone, soccer moms or not, to contribute.

For information on how to donate, call Kyne at 626-5115.

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