Penn State Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams will again be offering the free Mack Brady Soccer Clinic for pr-K to 8th grade children. It will be help on January 8, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 pm in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus. Details on the PSU Sports site and below.
The history of this Clinic is a testimony to the incredible community of Penn State Soccer. I have shared this story before, but I wanted to mention again, for those who may be new to Mack’s legacy and that of Penn State Soccer, how the Men’s and Women’s teams came together so quickly to bring healing and hope to Mack’s teammates.
After Mack died on New Year’s Eve 2012, we received emails from soccer coaches and players, especially goalkeepers and coaches, from across the world. It was humbling and moving as we were told time and again that we were now truly members of “GKU,” the Goalkeepers Union. A few days into that week after Mack died Todd Hoffard, then GK coach for the NY Red Bulls, sent me a note, offering his condolences and to help in any way he could. So many had made similar offers to help and I thanked him and then wrote, “You tell me. Mack is gone, but his buddies don’t think they ever want to play soccer again. How can you help Mack’s buddies?” I felt I was being a bit rude, to be honest. I wasn’t sure how he would respond. He called. We brainstormed. We reached out to Bob Warming and Erica Walsh Dambach, PSU coaches, and within a week, a week!, they formed the first Mack Brady Memorial Soccer Clinic.
I am not sure I can convey how miraculous this was. Working at Penn State at that time I knew that the NCAA and our Athletics program were concerned to make sure that everything was done by the rules and with appropriate vetting and training. Within one week, all the players from Penn State’s Men’s and Women’s teams came back to campus before classes, completing the required training, so that they could offer this clinic and help us mourn and celebrate our goalkeeper.
The Penn State Soccer community was and remain amazing in their support of Mack. Coaches and players, and PSU Athletics staff, continue to be so gracious and generous in giving of their time and hearts to support young players develop their love for soccer and goalkeeping. It is humbling and we are so grateful. Thank you all.
So, please join us! Bring your budding goalkeeper, sweeper, forward, defensive back, or just soccer-curious child to the 11th Annual Clinic in January! We can’t wait to see you there.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s and women’s soccer teams in conjunction with the Brady family will host the Tenth Annual Mack Brady Memorial Clinic on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus.
The clinic is free of charge and open to children in grades pre-k-8thgrade. All participants are required to fill out and bring with them two forms. Participants will not be permitted to participate without a medical release form. Please complete forms prior to arrival to the clinic as forms will not be available to complete at the clinic.
***Complete forms (2) below and submit upon arrival at clinic. There is no online registration.
Consent for Treatment form (PDF)
Liability and Media Release waiver (PDF)
Please also be aware of the following:
- NOTE: A COVID-19 test is not required to attend the clinic.
- Parents, family members and other guests will be permitted to watch during clinic within a designated area.
- Penn State Sport Camps recommends that participants bring mask(s) to camp as information can change on a weekly basis.
- Individuals who wish to continue wearing face masks are encouraged to do so.
Participants will also need to bring their own ball and are asked to bring shin guards, cleats and/or sneakers.