Soccer at GIA

Students play soccer on a recent Saturday morning at the new fields at Grande Innovation Academy.

CASA GRANDE — It’s soccer season at Grande Innovation Academy.

The charter school at 950 N. Peart Road recently finished building a new, full-sized soccer and football field at the school to complement a new multipurpose gymnasium completed last year.

With its new soccer field, the school created its own soccer league, named “OWLsome Kickers,” for GIA students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

In the previous years, GIA sponsored three community soccer teams that were run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley). About 30 school students participated.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Clubs canceled team sports this year, a press release from the school said.

“Fortunately, GIA has been able to meet the demand for a soccer league with its new facilities,” the press release said.

Currently, 125 GIA scholars participate in the school’s league.

“Since the creation of the soccer league, we’ve been seeing more participation from our scholars, parents and community at large,” said Patty Messer, GIA executive director. “We believe the team has given the community the chance to get out of the house, and it has brought the GIA family together in a new way.”

The OWLsome Kickers Soccer League is free for students.

The league holds practices Monday through Thursday. Games and tournaments are held on Saturday mornings.

For more information about the school or its sports programs, call Messer at 520-381-2360 or send an email to


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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