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March 16, 2007

'Kickin' It' teaches kids soccer skills, dangers of tobacco use

Annual soccer event combines technique, education to help prevent kids from using tobacco

ANN ARBOR, MI – More than 2,000 kids become addicted to nicotine every day, and one in three will die prematurely as a direct result of tobacco use.
To raise youngsters’ awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and help them avoid the lure of tobacco marketing campaigns, the University of Michigan Tobacco Consultation Service, part of the MFit Health Promotion Division, will host “Kickin’ It,” an event that combines soccer instruction with tobacco education activities for youngsters in grades K through 8.

Kickin' It' ImageWashtenaw County youth can attend this annual event, from 9:30 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 24, in the Huron High School in the domed gymnasium at 2727 Fuller Rd. (across from Gallup Park). Attendees must check-in at 9 a.m.

During the event, soccer instructors from the Ann Arbor United Soccer Club will show kids the ins and outs of passing, dribbling, goal tending and scoring. Soccer players of all skill levels are welcome to attend. In addition to soccer skills training, kids will have an opportunity to visit several tobacco education stations staffed by the Oncology Nursing Society, the U-M nursing program, the U-M School of Dentistry, and Terry Joiner, M.D., Ypsilanti Health Center. Attendees can also make buttons with U-M nursing students. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and souvenir.

Registration is free. Space is limited to 300 participants. Schools and organizations are encouraged to register in groups. All participants must pre-register for the event and complete a medical release/consent form by calling Lisa Roberts, at 734-936-5988 or by visiting

Written by Jessica Soulliere


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