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New youth soccer club house named after former team leader

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local youth soccer group is about to get a brand new club house, named after a team leader who lost her battle with breast cancer.

They kick, they dribble and soon they can relax.  The Tucson Soccer Academy is transforming an old vacant building at Brandi Fenton Park into the Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin' It Clubhouse.

"We have to put two big A/C units on it, so that's not going to be insignificant," says Ted Schmidt of the Tucson Soccer Academy.

He helped strike a deal with the county.

Pima County waives the rent and the Tucson Soccer Academy does the rest.

"We can talk about games, work out, have therapy," said student Braden Rosen.

"When it gets really hot we need to cool down and stuff in the shade," Michael Bogdanowich, another student, said.

The club will be named after Ted's late wife, Ann Kathryn Schmidt, who died from breast cancer in 2009.

"When she was growing up she was a pom pom girl.  There wasn't much offered for girls."

Ann Kathryn was a dedicated team manager who encouraged girls to get into sports.

"Not only for physical fitness but to empower themselves with self-pride."

The kids can't wait for the comforts of a new clubhouse, but the tribute alone will go a long way to honor a woman many students called a mentor.

"This is a real living thing that will help us all turn a negative thing into a very positive thing."

If you would like to help the Tucson Soccer Academy, visit their website at tucsonsocceracademy.com.

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