Burien soccer player returns after two weeks of teaching in Japan


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Photos courtesy the Swain Family.

Erin Swain, 16, from Burien, just returned from two weeks in Japan playing soccer and providing clinics and camps for Japanese students and military families. 

Erin is a goalkeeper for GU17 PacNW Soccer Club (Renton) and also plays for Seattle Christian Schools – the 1A State Finalists from 2012 when Erin was named all-state goalkeeper.

The group she traveled with consisted of high school and college students organized through Seahorse Ministries, a division of Missionary Athletes International from Los Angeles. The team went to three cities including Iwata, Iwakuni and Osaka playing against local, high school and college teams. A highlight was three days spent on a Marine Corp base in Southern Japan holding soccer clinics for children of the active duty military personnel.

Erin said she “loved Japan – the warm and welcoming Japanese people, the beautiful countryside and especially the chance to play against very technical and skilled soccer players.”

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