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Seattle Sounders and CWU Team Up to Offer Game Tickets to GAME ON! Students

The Seattle Sounders soccer club, in partnership with Central Washington University and the Yakima School District, will host three-dozen Yakima-area youths during a match between the Sounders and the Real Salt Lake club on Sunday, October 23.

The youths, students from Eisenhower High School and Stanton Academy, are participants in the new GAME ON! program that teaches them computer coding and leadership training through soccer. GAME ON! is sponsored by CWU, Microsoft Corporation, the Real Madrid Foundation, and the Yakima School District.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the students involved in the GAME ON! program to attend a professional soccer match as the guests of the Seattle Sounders,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “These students have committed their time and energy to the program, so this is one small way we can reward them and their coaches and trainers for their hard work.”

The students and their coaches will be joined by CWU women’s soccer coach Michael Farrand and members of the CWU women’s varsity soccer team as well as representatives of CWU and Microsoft. Additionally, Spanish Consul Luis Fernando Esteban, who helped develop the GAME ON! partnership, will attend.

The GAME ON! program, which was officially launched in September, seeks to train both the mind and the body. Students learn the basics of computer coding as well as soccer training using the Real Madrid methods that promote leadership and core values.

CWU became involved in the program because the university saw it as a way to show young people that obtaining a college education isn’t beyond their reach regardless of who they are or where they live. CWU is the fastest growing university in Washington and was recently recognized as the best value in higher education in the state by The Economist Magazine.

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October 21, 2016