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Kids Get Kicks at Sono Field House

Children just starting out in their athletic pursuits kicked, ran and giggled Saturday at the Sono Field House. The Norwalk facility hosted an open house for its Lil' Kickers and Lil' Laxers programs to expose kids as young as 18 months to the sports.

"We just try to give a little taste of our program,'' says Mary Kieran-Mendez, who directs the Lil' Kickers program.

The soccer program teaches children ages 18 months to 9 years developmental skills in a fun and safe setting. On Saturday, the kids dribbled, hustled through cones and kicked the ball with instructors Tom Dutchess, in video, and Michael Surace.

The Lil' Laxers program is for children ages 2 ½ to 5. The kids learn fundaments and work on coordination and development skills for lacrosse. Kieran-Mendez said both programs have multiple levels for each age. The class sizes are also kept small, with a maximum of 14 students per class.

"They build their skills and fundamentals,'' Kieran-Mendez said. "Then they are able to progress to other leagues as they build up their skills."

Soccer and lacrosse programs are among the many programs available at Sono Field House. It also offers instruction in football, field hockey, training and team building. For more information on Sono Field House programs, log on to its website .

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