ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – The Drovers may be in Alabama to play top level soccer, but they found time in between training and competing to give back to the Orange Beach community.

About 10 players spent Tuesday morning at Orange Beach Elementary School, teaching the students how to be Champions of Character and going through some fun training drills with them.

“We’re trying to explain to the young kids in school about the NAIA core values,” Assistant Coach Alexis Vizarelis said. “I also think it’s important that we teach the students something other than soccer.”

The NAIA core values are respect, integrity, sportsmanship, responsibility and servant leadership.

After a quick lesson on the NAIA values, the each set of players took a small group of students and practiced training drills, like goalkeeper training, ball handling and even some showboating with the soccer ball.

Freshman Kieran Brennan said he was glad to be able to give back to the Orange Beach community.

“It is good to get in the community,” he said. “They hosted us … they’re showing us what it’s like in the community.”

He said his favorite part of the event was seeing the children having fun playing soccer, and of course, beating his teammate Sam Shaddick in a relay race with the kids.

Each student left class with a Frisbee, a ticket to the tournament, and with smile on his or her face.

The Drovers play their next game at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Published: Nov. 30, 2010