The Daily News

Dear Editor:

The article written by Mikaela Reed, “Meeting at HCC” in Saturday’s edition of The Daily News tugged at my heartstrings. You see, we moved to the Huntingdon area in the early 80s with three sons in 2nd, 5th and 7th grades. We came from the Allentown area where the boys played soccer and swam competitively. It was a bit of a shock to learn that neither was available here.

While the boys worked on adjusting to their new schools and environment, my husband set off to meet Ted Aurand and was politely told that Huntingdon was not yet ready for soccer. A year later, Ted came back to Larry and asked if he had any idea as to how to go about starting a soccer program in this area. Fortunately, we had a good friend in Allentown who was from South Africa and had started soccer in the Allentown area. Larry obtained copies of all the necessary information from him.

Ted pulled together a team of men consisting of Dean Fox, Steve Stern, Rob Furiga, Larry and himself. It didn’t take long to get the program started at the community center and it snowballed from there. It’s been too many years for me to remember all the details but I can tell you that soccer very quickly again became a part of the fabric of our lives. The community embraced the program. There were clinics held for people to learn about the sport and how to coach and referee. Our sons played on the very first HCC teams and the first Huntingdon Area High School team. Our middle son’s Eagle Scout project was the implementation of the first indoor soccer program at HCC.

Thank you, Mikaela for stirring up some fond memories.

Shirley Powell



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