The Monarch Way - Fall 2019
Fall is a time of transition. New schools. Cooler weather. The anticipation of a new calendar year. But for the Anderson Monarchs, fall is also a time to start fresh with new programs and teams, new volunteers and coaches, and a renewed commitment to utilizing sports as a catalyst for individual and community change.

As we continue our transition into our next phase as an organization - and prepare to celebrate 25 years of Anderson Monarchs excellence! - we invite you to hear directly from some of our players, parents, and coaches about what makes The Monarch Way so special.
"As the younger brother I've always looked up to him. But when I saw his college sign get unveiled I realized he was opening doors for not just me but my teammates too. He inspires all of us"

-Darius Isaac, Monarchs 17U team member on his older brother, Demetrius.
Anderson Monarchs make their mark as athletes, but our program's true impact is measured by what players achieve off the field.

We're proud of the nine Monarchs who graduated from high school in 2019, and the seven who started college classes this fall. They bring the number of Monarchs currently enrolled in college to over twenty. They will be joined by another four Monarchs who are high school seniors this year - three of whom have already committed to play baseball at Division 1 universities.

Check out the above video recap of this year's Homecoming ceremony, when we honored recent college and high school graduates and welcomed former players and families back to Anderson Yards.
"When I watch the girls be free and confident while playing sports they inspire me to be brave and confident as a new female coach!"

- Nicole Brown, Monarchs parent and soccer coach, on her experience with the #StrongGirls Summer Sports Clinics.
The Anderson Monarchs are committed to expanding opportunities for girls to play sports. Too often girls are left on the sidelines, unable to access the numerous benefits of youth sports participation.

This summer we partnered with another amazing organization, Philly Girls in Motion, to host 5 weeks of #StrongGirls Summer Sports clinics. Over 60 girls ages 6-13 attended these sessions, which featured guest instruction from Temple Women's Volleyball, Drexel University soccer players, Philadelphia Women's Rugby, and more.

The momentum of this program has carried into the fall, as more than 50 girls ages 5-9 are participating in our Wednesday night Girls Developmental Soccer League. Come drop by any Wednesday evening between 5:30-7:30 to witness "StrongGirls" in action!
"When my son started playing soccer two years ago all he wanted to do was score, score, score, and he didn't know much about teamwork. This year he hasn't scored one goal and it's been his favorite season ever. He has become selfless on the field and seeing his peers score brings him joy. The quality of the coaching he gets and what his coaches emphasize is so different than any other youth sports program I've seen or been a part of."

- - Rob Badgett, Monarchs parent
Soccer has always been a staple of our program, but in the last two years we have dedicated ourselves to increasing the opportunities we provide on the pitch. Working with high quality coaches and instructors we have seen a dramatic improvement in the technical and strategic skills demonstrated by our players. It's a joy to watch young people embrace the game and take ownership of a sport that in the U.S. is too often inaccessible to low-income youth and kids of color.

We invite you to come check out a game while the season is still going strong. You'll be impressed and inspired by the work Monarchs players, coaches, and parents are doing! HERE's the schedule for the rest of the season.
"This age group is especially rewarding to work with. It’s the time when you start to see all the hard work the kids have put in and all the hours we coaches have put in and all of a sudden something clicks. Maybe it’s an angle to the ball, maybe it’s instinctive base running or a maturity in the way they approach practice. Regardless of what it is, it’s a pleasure to be a part of the moments when a kid morphs from being someone who plays baseball into a baseball player."

-Kevin Katz, Monarchs 10U baseball coach and parent
For the Monarchs, baseball season isn't a time frame, it's a way of life. This fall, our teams have continued to put in work and strive for greatness. From our 10U team making dramatic strides on the field, to our 14U team preparing for their first high school seasons, to our 17U team making great impressions at multiple college exposure events, the Monarch Way is all about continual improvement and commitment to doing the little things correctly while having a great time competing! Before it gets too cold, we hope you'll join us for a game at Anderson Yards. Our remaining fall schedule is HERE.
"Being a part of the Monarchs legacy is being a part of one big family. You meet your brothers and sisters when you're 7 or 8 and grow up together. You laugh together, cry together, win together, lose together, but at the end of everything you'll always be family."

-Chris Griggs, Monarchs 17U team member and high school junior.
Are you a part of the Anderson Monarchs Royal Family? We want to hear from you! Former players, parents, and coaches should send us a message to learn more about exciting plans to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2020, and how you can be involved!
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