Press Release
Posted July 13, 2023

Lorain County Community College has been recognized as a 2023 Project Play Champion Organization by the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program. The Project Play Champions program recognizes organizations that are taking specific and meaningful actions to support youth sports.

LCCC Assistant Athletic Director, club sports supervisor and faculty member Jim Powers says the award is the result of years of focus on providing youth sports opportunities at LCCC, as well as partnerships with local youth organizations.

LCCC women's soccer team

“It has been a few years of hard work and dedication from our LCCC community to obtain this designation” Powers shares. “I am so glad we were able to contribute to the great work that Project Play provides for our youth.”

Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society program has the goal of growing their current community of more than 20,000 organizations and leaders to build healthy children through sports. The Project Play Champions program aims to instill physical literacy in every child by the age of 12.

Most recently, LCCC’s women’s soccer team partnered with the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department to support youth soccer in the city. This summer, LCCC Women’s Soccer Coach Jessie Paul and members of the LCCC women’s soccer team are leading clinics, officiating youth soccer matches and providing support to the program.

To support this goal, LCCC will host a beginning coaches’ clinic, and will co-assist the City of Lorain to host a youth tennis camp this summer in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association.

Learn more about summer youth sports opportunities at LCCC at

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