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Get Involved this winter

By Amy Snider - December 3, 2017

North- Futsala/Futcinco
Futcino Futsala League
Storm North’s FutCinco league has 31 teams with 245 players U9-U14 participating this season. Our first session is full and underway but we will be starting our second session January 14th and it will run through February 25, on Sundays at Horizon HS and open to Storm players and players outside the club- all are welcome! For more information contact xrico@coloradostorm.com
 
http://www.uefa.com/futsaleuro/news/newsid=2039065.html

Castle Rock - Futsal
Colorado Storm Castle Rock offers Futsal for boys and girls during the winter for players U6 to U18. The next Indoor league begins January 5th!!! Team and individual registration available.
 
If bringing a team the maximum roster size is 8.
We have many girls and boys teams that need individual players.
Games are played:
Fridays evenings for High School players
Sat - Sun for U6 to U14 age groups.

The cost is $80/player and you play 8 games.

Here is the registration link: http://coloradostorm.com/Castle-Rock-Colorado-Storm

Fort Collins- Futsal 
Fort Collins has 80 player in their December “Dutch style” Futsal league.  For more information or to check on waitlist contact nfleming@coloradostorm.com or visit http://coloradostorm.com/Soccer-Camp-Futsal-3v3-Fort-Collins
 
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For the Good of the Game in Uganda

Fields of Dreams Uganda

By Jeff Oleck - November 30, 2017

For me, December has always been a month to reflect, thank, and give.  This month I will take my second trip to Africa with Fields of Dreams Uganda - a non-profit organization that seeks to provide hope to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education.  I have been involved with this cause since 2012, and have served as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors since 2014.  My first trip to Uganda was in 2015 and since then I have been counting down the days until I get to return to this vibrant country.
 
The work of Fields of Dreams Uganda (FoDU) powerfully resonates with me as I am a firm believer in utilizing the platform I have had as a college coach and now a club director for bigger things than just teaching technique and tactics.  Sports provide an invaluable stage to learn camaraderie, teamwork, cooperation, perseverance, and hard work - to only name a few.  The children that we sponsor (over 6,000 in the Kampala and Gulu regions) live and breathe soccer.  Sport is a powerful outlet for them to escape the realities of their difficult day-to-day lives and to simply be kids!  And, they are in desperate need of structure and hope due to the devastating effects that civil war, the AIDS epidemic, and poverty have inflicted on their country.
 
During my 10 days in Uganda, our team will oversee the Hope Cup - a tournament sponsored by FoDU that brings in 32 teams across four age groups (U10, U12, U16, and U20) together for spirited competition.  Each age group will include one of our own FoDU teams as well as seven other clubs, academies, and orphanages who will be competing for the Hope Cup title.  Not only do we get to interact and coach these players on the field, but time off the field is even more impactful.  Engaging these young men and women in conversation about their upbringing, families (or lack thereof), challenges, and ambitions is by far the highlight of our time there.  There is so much hope and promise in these children, yet they come from so little.
 
Aside from the Hope Cup we will have a chance to visit several of our partner schools (we have nine total) and workshop with our Youth Council, which is a group of a dozen young men and women who have shown promise in our programs and serve as role models for our younger children.
 
Throughout my travels, I will be sending periodic updates and photos from Uganda in hopes to share the work being done and showcase the love of the "beautiful game" from across the globe.  If you are interested in learning more about the work that Fields of Dreams Uganda does, or how you can get involved, please visit www.fieldsofdreamsuganda.org
 
For the Good of the Game,
Coach O.
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Spring Recreational Soccer League

Early Bird Discount

By Amy Snider - October 30, 2017

Colorado Storm will open the Spring Recreational League registration on November 3rd, 2018.  We are offering a special early bird discount of $25 if you register and pay by January 20th, 2018.

If you have questions or need more information, please see the links below, or give us a call.

Fort Collins 
Cayla Deacon (970) 484-8328
Registration link

North
Aaron Smith or Clint Shade (720)929-8159
Registration link

South

Gina King (303)268-1130
Registration link

Castle Rock
Tina Mickens (303)660-0109 
Registration link
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Colorado Gives Day 2017

Corporate Giving Opportunities

By Stephanie Gabbert - October 30, 2017

Colorado Gives Day, December 5th, 2017, is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  All funds raised through our Colorado Gives Day platform go to our need-based Scholarship Fund.  This fund allows our scholarship players to experience the joy of sport, compete with their friends, and build life skills that will impact them for a lifetime!  Our Storm Colorado Gives Day site can be found here: https://www.coloradogives.org/ColoradoStormSoccerAssociation/overview
 
Our 2017 Colorado Gives Day Goal = $10,000 (includes individual and corporate donations)
 
This year we are offering opportunities for our corporate friends to exercise their philanthropic muscles and join with us in this day of giving!  Below are our corporate charitable donation packages for Colorado Gives Day 2017.  This is a great way to gain exposure to our 7,600 members across the Front Range, show your support for a great cause, and make a long-term impact on a young player at Storm!
 
$250 Donation
  • 2 recognitions on Storm social media between November 14 – December 4
  • 1 recognition on Storm social media day of – December 5
  • Recognition in Storm club-wide newsletter December and January
  • 1 Recognition on Storm social media post event 
$500 Donation
  • 3 recognitions on Storm social media between November 14 – December 4
  • 1 recognition on Storm social media day of – December 5
  • Recognition in Storm club-wide newsletter December
  • Ad/logo in Storm club-wide newsletter January
  • Recognition in email blast pre event date, December 5
  • 1 Recognition on Storm social media post event 
$1000 Donation
  • All of the above plus:
  • Recognition in email blast post event
  • 1 dedicated recognition on Storm social media post event
  • Logo placement on Storm website month of January
*Storm social media includes 4,500+ followers
*Storm club-wide newsletter and emails distributed to 11,000+ emails
 
Thank you for your consideration to support our kids on this day of giving.  We would love to have your company involved so please feel free to contact me with any questions.  The sooner we have you on board the earlier we can start promoting your involvement so let’s get started!
 
Contact:  Stephanie Gabbert  sgabbert@coloradostorm.com  (720) 517-9695 
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Daniels Scholarship Program

Application Now Open

By Tanya Jacobson - October 12, 2017

Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are encouraged to visit the Daniels Fund website (DanielsFund.org) to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program. The application deadline is November 30, 2017.
 
"In establishing the Daniels Scholarship Program, cable television pioneer Bill Daniels wanted to seek out outstanding young people who possess tremendous strength of character, the passion to succeed, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to giving back to the community," explained Linda Childears, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund.
 
The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year, annually renewable, "last dollar" scholarship to any two- or four-year accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout the journey. Learn more about the advantages of attending a partner school here.
 
To be eligible to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must:
 

  • Be a current high school senior graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming.
  • Be a current resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Earn ACT scores of at least 17 in each category (Math, English, Reading, Science); or an SAT Math score of at least 470 and an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of at least 450. All test scores must come from a single test. Super-scoring is not accepted.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
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ACL Research Study through the University of Denver

with the 03 Girls ECNL team

By Julie Graves, MA, ATC - October 11, 2017

Colorado Storm has been conducting an ACL Research Study through the University of Denver with the 03 Girls ECNL team, in which they have been wearing the T:25 Knee from CEP Topical Gear. The purpose of these wearables is to enhance performance by increasing speed and vertical jump and reduce the risk of injury such as hamstring strains and ACL tears. This is accomplished by the T:25 pads, which applies topical pressure to train the medial quadriceps and hamstring muscles. You wear them for 1.5 hours per day, during motion, for 10 days. Continue to wear 1.5 hours every other day, during training or practice, for the next 6 weeks, or as desired. Colorado Storm and the Research Team at the University of Denver are very excited to examine data in how the T:25 Knee are making a difference in training and preventative measures. 

CEP Topical Gear also has many other products such as the compression socks. I am encouraging all athletes, especially athletes/teams that travel many times throughout the year to purchase the 2.0 Run Socks, which are full length compression socks. The progressive compression technology, which has been scientifically proven to increase circulation by up to 40%, helps you feel lighter on your feet and less fatigued no matter the distance. 

Unparalleled Wearability The socks mold to your feet like a second-skin, giving you a superior shoe fit with guaranteed blister prevention and wearing comfort.

Stay Cool Built in air-conditioning allows air to flow through the ribbed pattern on the front of the shin. Air will hit moisture that has been pulled from the surface of your skin and reduce skin temperature up-to 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Goodbye Shin Splints CEP's high-tech compression fibers provide maximum support and stability, which helps prevent micro tears in the connective tissues that cause shin splints. 

I would highly recommend compression socks for recovery after practices and games, especially when having to travel long distance via plane and the change in pressure. They will help prevent pooling of the lower extremity due to lactic acid build up as well as fluid retention and increase circulation for maximum recovery. 

Use discount code AM-10OFF-SM17 to get 10% off
any order you make from CEP Topical Gear!

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Refresher on Foam Rolling


By Julie Nickoley, Head Athletic Trainer, Colorado Storm - September 1, 2017

Are your legs feeling tight, heavy, or weak? With the season just beginning and practice and game load increasing rapidly, you need to remember to take care of your muscles off the field. Rejuvenation for your body outside of team time is crucial for peak performance. Foam rolling is a simple, affordable, and extremely beneficial way to keep your muscles in tip top shape as the season progresses.

FOAM ROLLING

Foam Rolling
Why should you foam roll?
The purpose of foam rolling is to create flexibility in the muscle and mobility between the skin and the muscle. Between skin and muscle there is a layer of fibrous connective tissue called fascia. This connective tissue helps stabilize and anchor muscles, as well as other internal structures. Fascia is also between muscle layers and almost every organ in the body. When a muscle or surrounding soft tissue becomes irritated due to surgery, overuse, or injury the fascia becomes irregular and fascial adhesions may form between the skin and muscle or between muscle layers. These adhesions can modify mobility, range of motion and can ultimately cause injury. Foam rolling can help decrease these adhesions while increasing mobility and range of motion in the muscle that is being rolled out. There are also trigger points or “knots” that form in muscle due to a lack of blood flow to that area because of tightness. Foam Rolling will help release these trigger points to get the muscle working at its full capacity.
 
Low Density or High Density? Long or short?
Foam rollers come in all shapes and sizes. The size only matters based on personal preference and travel convenience. There are also high density and low density foam rollers. For beginners, start with the low density foam roller so you can begin to mobilize the fascia/muscles being worked on without causing too much pain. Eventually you will need to build up to the high density foam roller so that the tissue is getting the most amount of pressure to release those adhesions/trigger points. Beware, foam rolling is not a comfortable thing to do and will be a little painful! That is normal. Ease into it by starting with a low density foam roller and working your way up.
 
Directions on how to properly foam roll:
You will use your body and gravity to properly foam roll the tissue/muscle being worked on. For soccer players, all the lower leg muscles should be rolled out. That includes: the Quadriceps (front thigh muscles), IT Band (side thigh muscle/band running from your hip to your knee), Gluteus Maximus (that big muscle you sit on!), Hamstrings (back of the thigh muscles), Adductors (inner thigh muscles), Calves (back of lower leg muscles), and Peroneals (side of lower leg muscles). When rolling out and you hit a trigger point or “knot” (you will know because it will be a sharp pain), stay on that point for at least 30 seconds or until you can feel it release and then continue rolling out slowly and controlled each muscle for 1-2 minutes per muscle group.
 
Foam rolling can be done before and/or after practice as many times during the day as you have time for. If you are playing a sport, you have tight muscles! So, the earlier you start foam rolling the better! Athletic performance will go up and the risk of injury will go down.
 
If you have any questions or would like to set up and appointment to learn more on how to properly foam roll, please contact:
 
Julie Nickoley
Head Athletic Trainer | Colorado Storm
University of Colorado | Sports Medicine
Julie.nickoley@ucdenver.edu
Jnickoley@coloradostorm.com
Work: 303-828-7162
 
References:
Dr. Brant Stock. (2016). Instrument-Assisted Fascial Mobilization for Mobility and Injury Prevention [Brochure]. Pg. 2-3
 
Gaiamâ Restore Deep Tissue Roller in Orange [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/gaiam-reg-restore-deep-tissue-roller-in-orange/1045527135?skuId=45527135&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_beautywellness_&adpos=1o2&creative=43742629909&device=c&matchtype=&network=s&product_id=45527135&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9Cm8BDynF15ifbXJvd79i8GtSQCrHGBcvbkfKLUY20pBoCuxnw_wcB
 
ProForm 24-Inch Foam Roller [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2475337/proform-24-inch-foam-roller.jsp?ci_mcc=ci&utm_campaign=PERSONAL%20CARE&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=google&utm_product=46459630&CID=shopping15&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9ClKoPcYqhaiCHjUNQSWLMum1Gp4gS9miTKX0lT1SYBxoC-Jjw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPyOg7mozNACFVdCAQodhIwFhg.
 
PRO-TEC FOAM ROLLER 6”X18” [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). http://www.footlocker.com/product/model:193075/sku:85718/pro-tec-foam-roller-6x18/blue/&SID=9114&inceptor=1&cm_mmc=SEM-_-PLA-_-Google-_-85718&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9CTYej15oBqqHBlFfgrLvn79bbE46Le_AQhNuE4zjMAxoCA4Dw_wcB

 
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USMNT WATCH PARTY at Resolute Brewery Sept 1


By Amy Snider - August 18, 2017

Storm USA Men’s National Team Game Watch Party/Fundraiser Sept. 1st!
Come help celebrate the start of the fall soccer season with your Storm friends on September 1st for the USA Men’s World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica! Our friends at Resolute Brewery have offered to host us and donate a percentage of the sales during that time to Storm’s Access to Sport programs (A2S) that help us make sure all kids have a chance to play! If you are a Storm alumni, bring in an old photo and receive a special Storm prize. The first 35 Storm members to arrive will also receive a free drink ticket. Game time kick off is 4:30pm and we will have raffles for great prizes during the game! Watch the qualifier with Storm staff and friends, help support a great cause, and kick off the fall season - Storm style! 
 
Event Details
When: Friday, September 1st 4:30-6:30pm
 
Where: Resolute Brewery - 7286 S. Yosemite St. #110, Centennial, CO 80112
 
Who: Storm members, alumni, coaches and staff
 
Why: Watch the US Men’s team qualify for the World Cup with your Storm friends and help raise money for Storm's A2S program
 
*This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 5th and has been changed to Sept. 1st. This is a 21 years of age and older event.
 
 
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Instagram Challenge


By Storm Soccer - August 17, 2017

Colorado Storm Soccer is beginning an Instagram Monthly Challenge to get our players more involved with our Social Media and to show off our wonderful players to the soccer community. Each month we will announce a new challenge where players and parents have an opportunity to post photos or videos to Instagram using the #BeingCoStorm hashtag or emailing them to Amy Snider for a chance to win a prize. We will announce each months winner in our monthly clubwide newsletter. Below are the upcoming monthly challenges. We look forward to seeing the wonderful photos of our players and teams.

SEPTEMBER: Team Boomerang Challenge - post a boomerang video of your team having fun (using the Free Boomerang Instagram app). Post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the video clip to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info like 04ECNLGirls. 

Here is an example of a Boomerang clip on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX6bmLXFh-M/?taken-by=coloradostorm 

OCTOBER: Action Shot Challenge. Have your parents take an action shot of you during a game and post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the photo to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info like 05FCSelectBoys. 

NOVEMBER: Player & Parent Photo Challenge. Take a photo in your uniform with a parent and post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the photo to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info like 03CRPremierGirls. 

DECEMBER: Boots & Ball Photo Challenge. Take a photo of your teams cleats and a ball, or just your feet and a ball, spell out a word, be creative and post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the photo to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info like 01DABoys. 

JANUARY: Post Game Photo Challenge. Take a photo of what you do after a game, nap, eat, hang with teammates, play with your pet and post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the photo to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info like 13ThunderGirls. 

FEBRUARY: Fun Team Pose Challenge. Take a photo or a boomerang video of your team after a tournament or after a game and post it to your Instagram using #BeingCoStorm or email the photo to Amy at asnider@coloradostorm.com. Don't forget to use the hashtag and include team info. 

Don't forget to follow our Instagram Page! https://www.instagram.com/coloradostorm/ 
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Storm in Argentina


By Tanya Jacobson - August 13, 2017

Colorado Storm DA and ECNL 02-04 boys teams (pictured in front of San Lorenzo stadium) embarked on a tour of Argentina coordinated by Storm DOC Cacho Cordoba, the former Boca Juniors star. The itinerary included games against the 02-04 boys from Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo, and Valez Sarsfield "futbol" clubs. They played a futsal tournament at El Alba in the town of Merlo. The groups are coached by Boys DOC Brian Haynes, former Trinindad and Tobago National team player and U13-U13 boys DOC Diego Cerro, who also played in the first division in Argentina for Newell’s old boys. The players had a chance to train with Boca Juniors' coaches Diego Senora and Fabian Fedulio on the trip. 
 
"We are so fortunate to provide this type of experience and exposure to our players as it can't be replicated by other clubs in the US without the contacts and connections of our experienced coaching staff," remarked Dave Dir, Storm President, who accompanied the boys to create continuous partnership programs with the Argentina clubs. He continued, “The exposure to different cultures is the reason I fell in love with soccer and dreamed of playing and coaching professionally one day. What a great opportunity for these guys."

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