Kelly Calls Soccer Family Affair

Coree Kelly talked about the Soccer association on a recent Public Pulse show. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Coree Kelly talked about the Soccer association on a recent Public Pulse show. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

One of the area's sports leagues is taking registrations for the upcoming season.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the details.


A local soccer club is gearing up for another season. Coree Kelly of the Sheridan County Soccer Association said they're taking registrations now for the spring season.

That can be done, he said, by going online to – sheridansoccer.org. He said the sports league is open to both boys and girls, ages 7-14, and requires an $85 registration fee and the purchase of a uniform. The deadline for sign-up is the middle of next month.

He said the league also needs referees, because they're aging out, so the group is holding a clinic over two weekends at the end of next month. He said the opportunity is open to anyone with the desire, but there is an age range and it might prove beneficial to be physically fit and thick-skinned. But it does have its rewards.

Once the players and refs are in place, he said they'll begin preparations for the Snickers tournament, which is held on Mother's Day weekend in May. He said it's not only a big tournament for the players because it brings in around 150 teams from around Wyoming and surrounding states, but big for the entire community because that equals 1,500 players and their families, which means about 5,000 people coming into town.

He said the match-up is named after the candy bar because of its major sponsor, Forrest Mars, of the Mars candy-bar company who lives in Sheridan. The event's turned into an important fund raiser for the group.

Like so many others, Kelly said the game of soccer, for him, has become a family affair. After five years of playing in the league, his oldest daughter, 19-year-old Celena, now plays for the Sheridan College team, and his twin girls, Lilly and Emily, who are 14, are referees and play for Big Horn Middle School.

And, because of his association with the association, he's gone from soccer Dad, to referee, to board member, with his wife, Kary, all-the-while, along for the ride, providing support and cheering on their girls.

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