WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9:13 p.m.) How do soccer players keep up their skills while still practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic?
Teammates at Westfield High School have a solution: “The toilet paper challenge.”
The girls’ soccer team began by challenging the boys’ soccer team to create a video of team members practicing their footwork with rolls of toilet paper.
“In moments like these I am always reminded about how lucky I am to be a coach in Westfield,” said head girls' coach Alexander Schmidt. “The players were just as motivated to complete this 'TP Challenge' as they would for any other challenge presented to them during the season.”
On Sunday, the boys’ team posted their video in reply. But the challenge isn’t stopping there.
Head boys’ soccer coach Eric Shaw told TAPinto Westfield he passed the challenge along to the boys' lacrosse team, and he anticipates they will pass it on to the girls' lacrosse team.
Westfield High School athletic director Sandra Mamary said she is proud of the young athletes' efforts toward staying active, even while at home.
“Our student athletes are trying to stay active and hopeful while remaining passionate about their sport,” Mamary said. “I am so proud of these Blue Devils as they demonstrate a healthy spirit. Sometimes we lose sight as to having fun while competing. These video challenges really give us a chance to share with each other while having fun.”
Check out videos of both the girls' team and the boys' soccer teams:
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