Women's Soccer Players Start Community Outreach Initiative

Press Release - This led directly to an ESPN.com feature story

Dartmouth women's soccer players Becky Poskin (Leawood, Kan.) and Myra Sack (Wynnewood, Pa.) are the founders of Dartmouth's newest student-athlete run service initiative — Athletes United — an affordable sports league for Upper Valley youth.

In its first season, Athletes United is running a basketball clinic and has had a solid turnout for the first two weeks of practices. The league’s teams played their first games this past Saturday, July 12 at Thetford Elementary School.

More than 40 community members were in attendance along with 12 Dartmouth athletes.
While Thetford, Norwich and Sharon are the three towns presently involved, the program is continuing to accept new towns and individual participants throughout the season. This Saturday’s games will take place at Leede Arena on the Dartmouth campus.

Poskin and Sack created Athletes United with the hope of bringing their teammates together with other Big Green athletes to serve the Upper Valley community. The duo was well-aware of the tremendous support that local fans give their team and many others, and they wanted to find a way to give back.

“Our mission is to provide fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade children with an opportunity to compete in a free, organized and fun recreational sports league, directed and coached by Dartmouth student-athletes,” said Sack. “Through sport, the league will unite children of the Upper Valley with Dartmouth athletes in an effort to expand their extracurricular activities in a way that builds skills, confidence, friendships and mentor relationships.”

Athletes United provides a cost-free way for area youth to participate in sports, with practices held at local community centers and games played at the Dartmouth campus with transportation provided. The current season of Athletes United Basketball will run through August 16 and the group plans to offer a lacrosse league in the fall.

“While we certainly have bigger dreams for the future of Athletes United, to see the ideas we’ve been bouncing around for nine months come to life was incredibly exciting,” said Poskin. “We feel privileged to be able to work with the kids who have signed up and we only hope we can reach more children in the future. I think we’re sitting on top of something that could hatch into a giant program for Dartmouth athletes and the kids of the Upper Valley, and we are going to do everything we can to make that happen.”