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Diesel’s Skill Builders program partnering with Fort Bend ISD to reach more than 2,000 kids

Diesel’s Skill Builders presented by Tom Byer’s Soccer Starts at Home is further expanding its reach by partnering with Fort Bend ISD, 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 Fort Bend 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 kicked off on Monday, June 15 through a digital newsletter that reaches more than 2,000 rising Kindergarten families. 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.

"In FBISD, the profile of the graduate begins in Prekindergarten. Providing our students with an opportunity to engage in healthy physical habits with their parents, supports the choices they will make throughout their lives,” said Carmela Levy-David, Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement and Early Childhood. “Collaborating with the Houston Dynamo and bringing Soccer Begins at Home program to our district supports this effort."

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 Fort Bend Independent School District,” 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.

Fort Bend ISD serves more than 76,000 students on 80 campuses and is one of the most diverse public school districts in the nation.