(MTN News – Helena) Hundreds of kids ranging from ages five to 12 years old gathered in Helena at Carroll College Friday to learn some soccer basics taught by an elite group of soccer players from across the state.

This event comes before the 17th annual Shodair Soccer Classic.

Players are invited to play in these games as a way to promote awareness for Shodair Children’s Hospital which provides care for children suffering from mental and physical illnesses that impact their health and well-being.

The student athletes that were selected to participate are not only skilled players on the field but also active in their communities.

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“Yeah so this is Kallie, so I’m with the five year old group today which are my favorite. I like the little kids and yeah so far its just been a lot of fun hanging out, having fun playing games its the first thing we have really done since we been here helping out the community so I’m really looking forward to go to the hospital next and see all that stuff,” said Alyssa Tryann, a Billings West High School athlete.

The MVP’s of each team will win a $1,000 scholarship.

The Shodair Soccer Classic kicks off Saturday, July 9, 2016 starting with the girl’s game at 3 p.m. and then boys begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and all proceeds from the event support Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Reporter: Lindsey Ford