For three days in June, the Ohio Celtic Fest transports Midwesterners to the Emerald Isle with authentic music, dance, and merriment. Intended for Irish-Americans and non-Irish alike, the festival cultivates a connection with the old country through multiple performance stages filled with Irish musicians from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Merchants offer an array of Celtic-themed gifts, jewelry, and embroidered goods, and a children’s area offers entertainment for the little ones, which can include puppet and magic shows, and a petting zoo.
The Soccer Institute's program director, Mark Mallon, has trained in English and Scottish FA coaching schools and has coached Division I soccer teams at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, and he draws on that experience when training youth and teen soccer players. The rest of the coaching team has formidable experience as well—many of the instructors work at collegiate programs throughout the country. This well-versed coaching staff boasts expertise in nearly every area of the sport, from the role of the keeper to the role of the handlers who wrap the keeper back up in the goal netting every night.
The Soccer Institute's programs, which include youth soccer clubs and camps for both beginner and elite players, are based in American soccer methodology. But at the same time, they draw from the principles of European soccer schools to give students a well-rounded education in on-field strategy, basic maneuvers, kicking techniques, and an array of other skills.
So much more than just teaching kids self-defense, martial arts develop invaluable real-world skills such as respect, self-discipline, and understanding every reference in The Karate Kid. At ATA Martial Arts, instructors work with kids as young as 4 years old to begin developing the skills and mindset necessary to move through the rainbow of belts.