The Kick It Clinic has been part of the Folsom community for a decade and the 10th annual soccer training event/fundraiser was held last Friday at Lembi Park with about 40 kids attending.
Started by Maria Totushek, the purpose of the event was to have Folsom teens with a love of soccer and of kids teach the fundamentals of the game to the younger soccer players during a clinic held once a year. The money raised from the entry fees for the clinic would then, in turn, be given to help a family in need, a family in which a member was currently battling cancer, a disease that had once inflicted Totushek. Cancer, unfortunately, returned to Totushek years after she was declared cancer free, and she ultimately succumbed to it in 2015.
Now, her two oldest daughters, Madison, 22, and Makena, 20, have taken over the organization of the clinic, and keep their mom’s spirit alive by holding it every summer. Instead of the proceeds helping a family in need, they now go to the Kick It for Maria Totushek College Scholarship Fund, where seniors from Folsom and Vista del Lago high schools with a love of soccer and for service to others have a chance to earn $500 scholarships. This past year, seven scholarships were awarded.
Madison and Makena grew up playing soccer in Folsom and both served as counselors during the clinic as teens, while their younger sisters, Mikayla and Monroe, were young enough to participate as players. Madison went on to play soccer at Folsom High, while Makena played at Vista del Lago and this fall will be a senior at Southern Oregon University, where she is a member of the women’s soccer team. Madison is currently in nursing school in Southern California pursing a degree in pediatrics. Makena also has plans to be a nurse, as both girls are following in their mom’s footsteps professionally as well.
“It means a lot to us to carry on the tradition of the clinic,” Madison said. “It’s an honor, actually, to bring the community together and keep this going. We’re blessed and lucky to be able to do it. This clinic definitely meant a lot to my mom. Every year at this time, she’d put her heart and soul into it. It was like her baby. She wanted to help a family battling cancer because she knew what it was like.”
Said Makena, “This clinic has a whole lot of meaning. I love to mentor kids and be a role model to them. That’s a huge part of it. I also like to help people in the community and this clinic is a great way to do it. My mom loved helping people, and this clinic meant a lot to her. She loved it.”
Makena helped organized the silent auction part of the event, as well as helped with player recruitment, while Madison was in charge of the trainers and coming up with the drills held during the clinic, as well as running the social media.
Madison and Makena’s dad, Kevin, is proud of his daughter’s efforts to keep the clinic going.
“I’m proud of the girls,” he said. “They’re doing a great job following in their mom’s footsteps. They watched their mom put her heart and soul into this event, and it’s a real treat to watch them honor her efforts and her memory in this manner.”