By Kim DeRaedt
Galveston Pirate coach Brendan Keyes expects his players to be well-rounded. While by night, the team is honing its fundamental soccer skills, Keyes introduces his players to the fundamentals of community service by day.
Today, Holy Family Catholic School in Galveston was the lucky beneficiary of the team’s work. Keyes and his Pirate SC crew invaded the school to host a special clinic teaching students the fundamentals of the game—Pirate style.
“Our efforts focus on teaching the basic skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting,” Keyes said. “Once the students have those down, my guys join in and we open it up for some fun game time.”
The team concludes the camp experience with a picture and autograph session. Pirate SC likes to extend a helping hand to schools like Holy Family Catholic at least once per week. Keyes and his players give all Galveston schools free game tickets as well.
“We want kids at our games,” Keyes said. “I’ve worked with kids for over 20 years, and there are no fans I enjoy seeing more. It’s great to give kids exposure to such a high level of soccer.”
Those who come to support Pirate SC don’t leave disappointed either. The team has collected two victories on the road in the season’s early going. Pirate SC first edged Corpus Christi Fuel 2-1 before breezing past the Texas Lonestrikers 3-0. Captain Roy Hernandez has taken the league by storm tallying three goals in two appearances. Pirate SC will bring its show home to entertain fans at Courville Stadium on Nov 14 when the team battles Corpus Christi once again in what is sure to be a hotly-contested battle. The game kicks-off at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Any school or community group wishing to have Pirate SC make a guest appearance can contact Brendan Keyes at (832)-748-1001.