cm_kickin3A number of local youth soccer programs recently sent teams to participate in the San Diego Kickin’ It Challenge. The charity tournament raised funds for the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. Founded by Pam Bickel and Beatrice Cubitt in 2011, the Kickin’ It Challenge has grown substantially over the past few years. This year’s tournament showcased the skills of players ages seven to 18 in over 100 teams from over 30 local clubs, and sponsors included Adidas and soccerloco. The Encinitas Soccer League partook in the challenge with a range of their boys and girls teams. Learn more at