Kraig Chiles selected as 2016 Sports Man of the Year

2016 SPORTS MAN OF THE YEAR, KRAIG CHILES TO BE HONORED AT THE 9TH ANNUAL “A TASTE 4 SPORTS BENEFITING 1400 EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETES

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“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Sports Participation Enhances The Psychological Well Being Of Children With Disabilities By Forming Friendships, Developing Confidence, Compassion And Self-Identity”.

San Diego, CA — Indoor Soccer League Superstar and San Diego Sockers MVP, Kraig Chiles (3-time pro indoor soccer league MVP) will be honored as “SPORTS Man of the Year” by SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes, (S4EA) at the 9th annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park (2131 Pan American Plaza).   This gala brings together America’s favorite pastimes including: Sports, Eating, Shopping, and Helping Others.

Attendees at the 9th Annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with 2016 SPORTS Man of the Year, Kraig Chiles and team mates from The San Diego Sockers, Basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Walton, Mad Mike from the MTV classic, “Pimp My Ride” and other celebrities.   Over 25 of San Diego’s best restaurants, chefs, caterers, breweries and wineries come together at the Hall of Champions to help exceptional athletes by sampling tastes of their signature dishes and libations everything from Sushi to Stuffed Grape Leaves. The “Sensational Silent Auction” features fabulous vacation getaways, gift baskets, autographed sports memorabilia and more. Critically acclaimed and local favorite the Steph Johnson Trio (stephjohnsonband.com) will be providing Latin jazz tunes for tasting, shopping and dancing. “A Taste 4 SPORTS” takes place on June 2, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Hall of Champions. Tickets are $60.00 per person inclusive of food and drink. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.Taste4SPORTS.com or call 858-565-7432. Proceeds from “A Taste 4 SPORTS” benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes providing over 24 sports programs for 1400 athletes with and without developmental disabilities.

“Last year we honored 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi as “SPORTS Man of the Year”. This year we are proud to honor local favorite and San Diego Sockers star, Kraig Chiles. He is an amazing athlete who personifies “SPORTS Man of the Year” on and off the field”, states Walter Jackson, Executive Director, S4EA. “This is such an honor because SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is dedicated to sharing the message that sports bring people together helping each other be the best they can be while creating bonds of friendship that shape and build our lives”, explains Kraig Chiles. He continues, “I love playing soccer; it has given me amazing opportunities to learn and grow. But most importantly I am able to share my love for the game with exceptional athletes everywhere!”

There will be every type of cuisine and libations imaginable featuring some of San Diego’s favorite chef’s from: Bread & Cie, El Comal Mexican Cuisine, Koji Morisaki, Pick Up Stix, Mimi’s Kitchen, Montesquieu Winery, Belching Beaver Brewery, PRP Wine International, Troy’s Authentic Greek Cuisine, Coffee Ambassador, Creative Ideas, Tam’s Thailand Food, Screaming Pete’s BBQ, Sushi on the Rock, Café Cabaret, Fat Molly’s Brownie, Brother’s Giant Pizza, Slaters 50-50, Twiggs Bakery & Coffee House, Vitalyte, Guillermo’s-Pepe’s Street Tacos, OH! Juice, On Girard, marketplace, Park House Eatery and more.

The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community. S4EA programs help athletes relate to each other without stereotypes. Children and adults participating in sports programs promote social adjustment, life satisfaction, family support, and community involvement.

For more information on S4EA Programs and “A Taste 4 SPORTS”, to purchase tickets and ways the community can support S4EA by donating time; money or resources visit

www.Taste4SPORTS.com, www.S4EA.org or call 858-565-7432

 

Spotlight Profile: Kraig Chiles and Garry Martin of Cardiff Soccer

Mustangs Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles and Director of Education Garry Martin are featured in football.com this month:

Most coaches never get the opportunity to show the club soccer kids in their charge how they played in their prime.

More often than not, the best they can do is tell their youth players about their careers and pass on their wealth of experience on the training ground.

But the boys and girls at Cardiff Soccer get to watch their Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles play with the San Diego Sockers in the Professional Arena Soccer League, where he is a three-time MVP.

Kraig, who also used to play in the MLS with Chivas USA, regularly arranges for his club teams to travel to home games in their team strips to watch him play.

Although Cardiff is a comparatively small “boutique” club, it has 7 coaches who are current pro players. One of them, Nick Perera, captains the U.S. Beach Soccer team.

“We are relatable,” said Kraig. “We’re still young and fit. The kids understand. They come to watch us play on a Saturday night and they see that we track back and defend just as we ask them to do. It’s a great opportunity to show them what we talk about in training.”

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Support Cardiff Soccer with Great Food and Drink

You can help Cardiff Soccer League help our kids by eating great food and drinking great wine, beer and spirits at  the Encinitas Wine & Food Festival, Saturday, June 4th. The fantastic fundraising event, sponsored by Rotary to benefit local nonprofits like Cardiff Soccer, is being held at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Club this year. Select Cardiff Soccer League as your beneficiary when you buy tickets and 80% of the money comes back to the club. Or buy higher priced tickets and 100% benefits Cardiff Soccer. The event sells out each year, so buy your tickets now!

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Spring Soccer Camp, April 4 – 8

Spring Break Soccer Camp

Join Cardiff Mustangs Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles and his staff of professional soccer players and coaches for a field camp during Spring Break. The camp is open to any player from any club, rec or competitive level, age 7 and above. Our soccer camps always include an engaging mix of skill, game, and fitness activities that keep kids coming back again and again!

April 4-8, 2016
9am – 2pm

George Berkich Park (North)
1888 Montgomery Avenue
Cardiff, CA  92007

$175 or $40/day

Register online

Players should wear soccer cleats, appropriate soccer clothing and shin guards.  Players should bring water, snack, and lunch.

*Note: For single day registration, please be sure to register online for the specific day your child will be attending.  For check payment, bring check on day of attendance or mail check to:

Cardiff Soccer League
2033 San Elijo Ave. P.M.B. #411
Cardiff, California 92007

Mustangs Champions League Brings Players Together

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Cardiff Soccer League celebrates our Mustangs Champions League players and volunteers, who are coming together each Saturday to play soccer.  Organized by Canyon Crest student, Quincy Erturk, the program is co-sponsored by the Cardiff Mustangs soccer league and TOPSoccer, a La Jolla-based outreach program for young athletes with disabilities. Quincy also worked with Cal South, the California State Soccer Association, which donated the goal nets, balls and training equipment.

Champions3The program provides special needs children with the opportunity to experience and learn soccer skills by being paired with Cardiff Mustangs players. There is still room in in the program. For more information, see the Champions League page on our website.

The Union-Tribune featured the program in a recent article.  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/feb/03/champions-league-soccer-for-special-needs/

 

SD Sockers Offer

SD Sockers Ticket Offer

Support our San Diego Sockers team and Mustangs coaches Kraig Chiles, Ray Reza, Eddie Velez, Nick Perera, and Chris Toth at their game on Tuesday, January 5.  Use the coupon code below for a Buy One, Get One ticket offer.

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Thank You, Cardiff Soccer Families

Cardiff Soccer Families,

We hope all of our players improved their skills this year, made new friends and tighter friendships with old ones, and had the joy of bonding with a team and learning one of the most important lessons soccer has to teach: You cannot do it alone.

That’s true for those of us on the Cardiff Soccer League board, and we want to thank all the people who help make it possible for us to provide our kids with the best possible soccer experience. We’re a nonprofit, which means we depend on many people to help the machine run smoothly, from coaches to team parents, generous sponsors, team fans, and field space from the Cardiff School District and the City of Encinitas. Our competitive program has grown substantially over the past few years, and we’re increasingly offering our recreational players skills clinics with professional coaches. We hope to integrate the two even more next year.

Here’s to a happy holiday season, and thanks for playing the beautiful game with us.

Jon Cohen
President
Cardiff Soccer League

Tryout Information Posted

Information for competitive Cardiff Mustang tryouts for 2016-17 teams has been posted on our Tryouts page.  Check here for information on the tryouts, including dates, locations and times, and prospective coaching assignments.  Please register online for tryouts so that we can inform you of any changes in dates or locations or any other relevant information.

Thanks for a Great Year of Camps and Clinics

The Cardiff Mustangs would like to thank all of our competitive and recreational coaches for the time and effort they put into our camps and clinics for 2015. From futsal to Free Fridays to our summer camps, players of all ages and levels had the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a fun and engaging environment. This year, more Mustang, recreational Cardiff soccer, and other club players attended the trainings than ever before. We look forward to seeing everyone on the pitch again next year!

Champions League Buddies Needed

Champions League Volunteers

We need your help!

We are looking for soccer players at any level from any club to serve as “buddies” for our special needs players Champions League. Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to influence and touch a Mustangs Champion players’ life through support and encouragement. Community service hours are available, but the real gift of volunteering is the opportunity to make a difference through assisting on the pitch or just being a supporter and friend to a fellow player.Any interested players can sign up to be a “dedicated buddy” for all sessions or a “floater buddy” for one or more sessions.

Session Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 20, February 6, 13
Session Times: 3 – 4 pm
Location: Ada Harris Elementary

Learn More and Sign Up!