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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2015 -- The San Diego Sockers and the San Diego Hall of Champions are committed to serving the great military families of our San Diego community. This commitment was illustrated with the announcement of a formal joint partnership between the Sockers and the HOC to form the MCRD Junior Sockers program.

In an effort to support our military members and their families, the Sockers and HOC are funding and administering a youth league that was previously funded under wartime budgets through the DOD, but has since seen funding sunset under peacetime budgets. Sockers MVP forward Kraig Chiles continues as the director of the program.

"The MCRD Junior Sockers program provides a high level rec soccer league for hundreds of military families across San Diego," said Chiles, "As the director I've seen this league and its players gain a vast amount of confidence and the soccer skills needed to make the jump to competitive soccer."

"Delivering sports to military families and local communities is cornerstone to the Hall of Champions and its ongoing efforts to enhance the lives of San Diegans through Sports," said Hall of Champions Interim Executive Director Drew Moser, "We are thrilled to partner with the Sockers to ensure MCRD's league can continue well into the future, and the Sockers' involvement only elevates the league's positive reach and influence."

The Hall of Champions and the San Diego Sockers are partnering in an effort to celebrate, strengthen, support and entertain military members both on and off the field. They will do so by offering specialized youth programming such as structured youth soccer leagues, camps, clinics, and training sessions. The Hall and Sockers will assist in developing transferable work and life skills through volunteering, coaching and internship opportunities. The Sockers through on-field salutes will help link the MCRD Junior Sockers to the larger San Diego sports community.

The MCRD Junior Sockers program services the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base Coronado and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Diego.