HOUSTON – Diesel’s Skill Builders, presented by Tom Byer’s Soccer Starts at Home, is expanding its reach by partnering with Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas, the Club announced today.
Created by world-renowned youth soccer expert and author Tom Byer, and sponsored by Dynamo Charities, the development program uses Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash trained staff to teach children age-appropriate “Ball Mastery” exercises and games, with the ultimate goal of enhancing both physical and cognitive development in young children.
“It is very exciting to have a strategic development partner such as Houston ISD. Being able to provide a physical and cognitive development program like Soccer Starts at Home to thousands of young kids and families is truly special,” Houston Dynamo Academy Director Paul Holocher said. “We have developed a program that is fun and challenging for the kids and also very insightful for the parents. The home is a great place to create what we call a ‘culture of development’ and this program will look to inspire positive engagement between the parent and child, which is the key. We are introducing the concepts of ball mastery, one child and one ball, which has many benefits for the young child.”
The month-long virtual program will kick off on Monday, June 8 through the district’s digital student portal and will reach thousands of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program will include daily instructional and motivational videos featuring Houston Dynamo and Dash players and coaches showing students the various skills that they will be learning.
“I am thankful for this incredible partnership with our hometown professional soccer clubs, the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “It’s imperative for our students to remain engaged both academically and physically over the summer. This forward-thinking, research-based initiative will provide thousands of our students with opportunities to participate in physical fitness activities while learning a few valuable soccer tips from the pros.”
The program will also supply students with a digital program checklist that includes daily practice time, skill development, and tips for parents. For more information, parents are encouraged to visit the Soccer Starts at Home resource page found on the Houston Dynamo website.
“We are excited for this opportunity to present our Houston Dynamo and Dash Soccer Starts at Home program to the families and children of Houston Independent School District,” Tom Byer said. “This program not only gets young children off to a wonderful head start playing soccer, but it also develops a child's cognitive, physical, and emotional skills as well.”
Backed by research that has shown that physical development in young children has positive impacts on the development of cognitive skills, along with lifelong physical skills such as coordination, balance, and agility, Diesel’s Skill Builders looks to help improve early childhood development through the education and engagement of parents, schools, and clubs.
“This is a long-term project – a marathon, not a sprint – but this is a big step forward,” Holocher said. “We are genuinely excited to introduce these inspiring concepts and be a positive resource for HISD families and staff for many years to come.”