Saturday, November 10
Elks Soccer History

The Granite City Elks Youth Athletics soccer program was born in 1982 when Elks member Jim McKechan requested $127.00 from the Elks to form the first boy’s team. The money was used to buy uniforms.

"The program is entering its 32th year and has now grown to sponsor Club teams and 42 Recreational teams with a budget of over $50,000.00 to run the program annually.

Mr. McKechan eventually became chairman of the committee and remained on the Youth Athletics Board until 1999.

The Elks original soccer team marked the beginning of what has been, and still is, an impressive tradition.

To insure continued success of the program, many fundraisers were held in an effort to finance the growing sports program.

The proud tradition is still going strong after all these years. The success of the program is credited to the many volunteers from the Elks Lodge and parents of the players. Without their help and dedication this program would not be possible.

From the original one boys soccer team, the Elks organization now sponsors several boys and girls select soccer teams as well as Recreational Soccer League starting in 2007.

Elks Soccer Board