SM East students, coaches lend a hand at Bubble Soccer Tournament (yes, bubble) for homeless support

Bubble soccer is just that: soccer played while encased in a bubble - with some hilarious results.
Bubble soccer is just that: soccer played while encased in a bubble – with some hilarious results.

If you are looking for some light-hearted entertainment Saturday and want to support a god cause at the same time, SM East’s SHARE program, the school’s student service organization, has just the event for you.

SHARE is co-hosting the Hillcrest Heroes Bubble Soccer Tournament that will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Kansas City Christian School on 79th Street in Prairie Village. The championship will be played at 5:30 p.m. If bubble soccer is a new term for you (as it was for us), the best description is a soccer game with the players running inside plastic balls, which results in some unusual acton on the field.

Words don’t actually do it justice , so the best way to understand the entertainment value is to watch this short video that the SM East school newspaper, The Harbinger, posted with a preview of the event. That should be enough to convince you it’s going to be fun.

But the serious side is that the event is designed to raise awareness and funds for Hillcrest Transitional Services. According to SHARE coordinator Krissie Wiggins, Hillcrest provides “programs and support for homeless families to get them back on their feet.” The program also will take in homeless teens. Hillcrest has been around for 30 years, but not that long ago moved into Johnson County and then had a fire which has them looking for new facilities, Wiggins said. The program provides a 90-day program for homeless families to provide food, shelter, education and job assistance. A growing need in Johnson County prompted the addition of services here.

Hillcrest was one of the SHARE partners during its senior service day last fall. Some SM East student teams will play in the tournament and a group of SM East coaches, led by soccer coach Jamie Kelly, have formed a team. The coaches team will play a team of SM East football players at 10 a.m.

Admission on Saturday is $1 or one can of food. Volunteers are still needed and can contact the SHARE office at SM East.