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IMG_4297With a gift of $25,000, donors to the Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF) helped move the Polson Youth Soccer Assoc. (PYSA) closer to its final goal of building new soccer fields in Polson.

The size of the gift entitles GPCF to have the privilege of naming one of the four new fields now being constructed in the Ridgewater development.

“Our directors voted to name the field ‘Community Field’ in honor of those donors in our community whose generosity made the gift possible,” Penny Jarecki, GPCF President, said.

PYSA plans to have the four regulation size fields and a concession/restroom facility completed by the end of the year.

PYSA serves over 300 players, ages 4-18, and their families annually and offers both a fall recreational and a spring competitive league. Polson teams compete against teams from all over the state of Montana, as well as regional teams from Idaho, Washington and Canada, at tournaments.

In addition to the health benefits soccer offers to our youth, the Polson community and economy will benefit exponentially from visiting players and their families who will dine, shop, spend the night, and recreate in our city.

Four regulation-sized fields allow Polson to host 28 team tournaments with each team bringing 12-15 players and their families. Additionally, soccer games and tournaments are often held in the fall and spring, the “shoulder” or “off” seasons for Polson, and thus significantly extending our tourist season.