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New soccer club has global outreach focus

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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A new soccer club with a global outreach looks to combine soccer and community in its new home of Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Ethos Soccer Club is a non-profit competitive soccer club, which for the last several months has been building a local foundation. The club itself has partnerships stretching to China, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom, but hopes a global education to the local area. Ethos has recently hosted a series of free soccer clinics to around 120 kids of all ages on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Sutter Middle School. Clinics are part of what Nathan Johnson, Ethos board member and treasurer, said was a three-branch system in the club. “We have been methodically putting the building blocks in place needed to form a completely transparent non-profit soccer club with a focus on a child’s development as a whole, not just soccer,” said Johnston. The three-branches include the Ethos FC Saints, the competitive level program, Ethos EDU, a guidance system for scholar-athlete programs, tutoring and education, and Ethos Global, domestic and international outreach as well as charity through soccer-focused exchanges. Fritz Libby, Ethos president, spent nearly 20 years abroad as an international school educator, administrator and school establishment specialist. After living more than 10 years in South Korea and China, Libby hopes to bring his two worlds together by emphasizing a global connectivity. Ethos Soccer Club will be the conduit, according to its board members. “We plan to work closely with the City of Folsom to find opportunities to get the Ethos families involved through club-organized outreach, city-organized programs and emphasize a global outreach,” said Johnston. According to Johnston, a global outreach includes opportunities to bring teams from South Korea and China to Folsom and El Dorado Hills and to bring teams from the club overseas for tournaments. Tryouts are still being held for the Ethos FC Saints. Clinics and camps will also reportedly increase in number throughout the year. “The name Ethos comes from the Greek word meaning character and our focus is to develop the three C’s with the kids in our club. A superior character in each of them, a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and a desire to find and meet the needs of the community they live in,” said Johnston. For more information visit ethossoccer.org