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By BONNIE BISHOP
The Chapel Hill-based Rainbow
Soccer Ltd. offers the soccer expe
rience to almost anyone in the area
who's interested in the game.
The Rainbow Soccer program is
one of the largest independent soccer
programs in the South. The program
includes recreational soccer leagues
and annual summer soccer camps.
Kip Ward, the founder and direc
tor of both the Rainbow Soccer
Camp and Rainbow Soccer Ltd., is
a UN'C graduate. He has been
involved with soccer at the University
since 1967, both as a player and an
assistant coach. He also works for "
women's and non-revenue Sports
Promotion at the University.
Ward said that the Rainbow
Soccer program was a "bathtub
idea." It's come a long way since the
The program will begin its 30th
season this fall. It now has a fall and
spring season, for both men and
women, with different age groups,
ranging from age three and up.; In
the Orange County area, around
1,000 people participate in the
program yearly. The program has
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Soccer began in bathtub, founder says
approximately 100 volunteer coaches
and 65 corporate sponsors.
Although most of the Rainbow
Soccer leagues are co-ed, there is an
optional all-girls league. Rainbow
Soccer had the first organized girls
soccer in the state of North Carolina.
Ward said that a lot of students
and faculty from the University
participate in the program, both as
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players and coaches. Other coaches
range from housewives to people
doing community services for their
DWI (drunk driving) convictions.
"We want to serve people who
need to begin somewhere," Ward
In addition to the fall and spring
season leagues, there's the Sunset
Soccer Leagues for adults. They play
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their games during the summer.
A big part of the Rainbow Soccer
program is the annual soccer camps.
The Rainbow Soccer Camp is in its
40th year. This year, the camp went
on the road to Atlanta, Winston
Salem and San Antonio, Texas.
There are two sessions of the
Chapel Hill camp this year. They will
run from July 27 to Aug. I and Aug.
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3 to Aug. 8. The camp offers special
schools for youths, seniors, girls,
goalkeepers and coaches. Registra
tion for the Chapel Hill camp is open
until the first day of each session.
Rainbow Soccer seems a long way
from the "bathtub idea" that it began
as. It offers organized recreation and
a lot of fun to many people in the
Chapel Hill and surrounding area.
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