Greenville soccer program receives $1,040 donation from Michelin and Wonderland Tire

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:04 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012

GREENVILLE — Money donated to the Greenville Recreation Department will help fund the youth soccer program in upcoming seasons.
Recreation Department Director Kris Berry said some of the equipment being used by the youth soccer program has been in need of repair.

“Due to continuing operating budget cuts, much of our equipment budget has been eliminated the past several years, which has forced us to put a Band-aid on failing and dilapidated equipment just to get us by,” Berry said. “We are in great need of replacing some of our soccer goals for our youth soccer league.”

The Michelin Soccer Program and Wonderland Tire recently donated more than $1,040 in funds and equipment to the Recreation Department.

According to a press release from Michelin, the program partners with youth soccer programs. Michelin donates $2 for each tire sold during the program.

“The Michelin Soccer Program is an incredible way to connect with families and young players,” said Dawayne Peterman of Wonderland Tire in Greenville. “The look on the child’s face as you hand them their soccer ball is priceless. I encourage all the Michelin dealers to find a local soccer league and support them through this program.”

Berry said the donations couldn’t have come at a better time and said she looks forward to what it will do for the program.

“We have literally been Duct-taping a couple of our goals this past season to get us by,” Berry said. “The money is just not available in our operating budget so I wasn’t sure where we were going to find the funds to replace the equipment.”

The department will be receiving the money mid-January.

“We are so blessed to have such tremendous support from local businesses like Michelin/Wonderland Tire,” Berry said. “Every day I am amazed by the generosity of the people and small businesses in our area.”

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