Macaya Soccer Camp turns 10 this summer
Coach’s brainchild becomes more than just a senior project
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
With enough shirts saved to stitch a quilt, Dan Macaya looks forward to next decade of soccer camps in Camas.
What started out as just a high school senior project has turned into a career for Macaya and his friends. His camp coaches are professional soccer players, college soccer players, local high school graduates and youth soccer coaches.
"The [senior] project was titled, 'the positive effect of role models on children,'" Macaya said. "I've always liked to work with kids either on the soccer field or in the classroom. A soccer camp seemed so natural."
Macaya conducted a two-day camp for a Camas-Washougal Soccer Club team in that first year. He came back home from Western Washington University the next summer and did another camp for about 20 kids. By the third year, Macaya starting donating money from the camps back to the Camas School District.