Grayson's head soccer coach Kenny Fukuhara gives out instruction to the summer cammpers during Thursday's action . (Jose Juan Ruiz )

Grayson's head soccer coach Kenny Fukuhara gives out instruction to the summer cammpers during Thursday's action .

(Jose Juan Ruiz )

After rain and the KHSAA dead period impeded the start, the Grayson County High School boys soccer team had its three-day summer camp at the high school fields this week.

The camp was an opportunity for elementary school kids to play and practice their soccer skills with the varsity squad helping them out all the way. 32 boys and girls signed up this year despite the date having to be changed, showcasing the progress the sport has had in the last few years.

“When I started this four years ago, we only had 12 kids,” said Grayson's soccer head coach Kenny Fukuhara. “It's grown every single year, which is great. That's what we want.”

When Fukuhara took over the Cougars' program, they had just come off an 8-15 season, while last season they went 11-8, losing in the district championship and reaching the second round of the regional tournament.

“When I got the job there wasn't a summer camp,” said Fukuhara. “It's kind of funny how things work out; kids that were here for the very first camp now I'm going to coach at the junior varsity team.”

The summer camp has been a great tool for the Cougars to pass down knowledge and advice to the future players in the area. With the players at the camp for the whole day, they have the opportunity to coach and teach the way to properly do things at a high level.

“One thing I want from my high school guys is to help these kids get to the level they are at,” said Fukuhara. “Help keep the level of the area high, and keep building on the recent seasons.”

While the main goal of the camp is soccer, Fukuhara knows the importance of having normal fun activities scattered throughout the day as well.

“We want these kids to relate soccer with fun,” he said. “At this age, kids don't want to do just soccer drills, you have to keep them interested.”

In all, the camp was deemed a big success, and it helped bring some much-needed funding to the program.

“With this, we raise money for our high school program,” said Fukuhara. “All these funds go directly back to the high school kids. It buys them uniforms, pays for their meals. Really helps to build the program.”