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Former soccer star Daniele Massaro signs autographs for children Monday at Carney Park in Naples, Italy. Massaro made an appearance to promote a new soccer camp that he will participate in this summer at Carney Park.
Former soccer star Daniele Massaro signs autographs for children Monday at Carney Park in Naples, Italy. Massaro made an appearance to promote a new soccer camp that he will participate in this summer at Carney Park. (Kendra Helmer / S&S)

NAPLES, Italy — Young soccer players will get pointers from Italian professionals during a weeklong camp at Carney Park this summer.

Coaches with the youth programs division of AC Milan — one of the world’s top-ranked soccer clubs — will be the instructors at the 2004 Milan Junior Soccer Camp.

It is the first time that a U.S. military Morale, Welfare and Recreation program has worked with the team to hold a camp, according to Thomas Wilson, MWR Naples marketing director, and AC Milan officials.

Last week, former soccer star Daniele Massaro spoke to parents and children at Carney Park to promote the camp. Before signing autographs, he announced that he would return this summer to help coach the kids.

“He really surprised us when he said that,” said Jerry Toriano, Naples MWR youth sports coordinator.

Massaro, a former Milan striker and member of the Italian national team, has played on teams that won five Italian championships, two European Cups, two European Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups.

AC Milan and MWR teamed up after some military dependents attended a soccer camp in Rome.

“I had a couple of kids at a camp in Rome and they told me about what kind of beautiful facilities there are in Carney Park,” said Marco Schembri, president of World Camp, which scouts locations for the AC Milan Youth Project.

“I spoke with the Milan management and we think it is a great opportunity to link our professional teaching of soccer” with the U.S. military, he said.

Schembri said that while there are no plans to hold AC Milan camps at other military bases this summer, officials will kick the idea around for later years.

The Naples soccer camp will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 to July 2. Coaches will assess the children on the first day then divide them into groups based on ability, regardless of age.

Wilson said there is no limit on participants. So far 75 children have signed up. Toriano said there will be one coach for every 12 or so players.

Cost for the camp is 220 euros per child plus a 25-euro registration fee. It is open to dependents between the ages of 5 and 17 of Department of Defense ID card holders. Toriano said the camp also is open to members of the British and Canadian NATO community who have Carney Park passes.

Participants will receive two Milan jerseys, soccer shorts and a sport bag.

At the end of the camp, two children will be selected to compete with players from other camps around Italy in a game in Milan later this year, Toriano said.

For more information on the camp, call MWR Youth Sports at 081-526-2151.

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