LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Circuit Judge Brian Edwards, Louisville City FC player George Davis IV and Marcus Harris created the West Louisville Soccer Club in fall 2023 to provide more organized sports for boys and girls living in west Louisville.

Edwards says the techniques these students learn stretch well beyond the game. He’s aiming to stop more children from making the poor choices that send them straight to his courtroom.

“We are trying to teach these kids just those basic core lessons of accountability, of showing up,” Edwards said. “I think conflict resolution skills are lacking. Kids get frustrated and they respond to their emotions, and they act out in ways that they shouldn’t.”

The directors of the club say they currently have about 40 students on two teams learning everything from the importance of teamwork, hard work, and discipline.

“I always say that our emphasis is not placed on how good of a soccer player you are, but rather what type of person you are and what type of teammate you are,” Davis said. “Being a good person, having strong character, that’s really the aim of what we’re trying to do here.”

The West Louisville Soccer Club provides boys and girls the opportunity to participate at both the recreational level and the competitive level.


Jamie Mayes