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Poland K-5 students joined by Utica City FC players during Harvest Festival

Nov. 7, 2019



Utica City FC soccer players playing with Poland students


Utica City FC soccer players Bo Jelovac (left) and Ben Ramin (right) play soccer with Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.




POLAND – The Poland Central School District girls and boys varsity soccer teams have been participating in postseason games, but Poland elementary students recently faced even stiffer competition when two Utica City FC soccer players visited the school.

Utica City FC players Bo Jelovac and Ben Ramin attended the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school and played in various short indoor soccer scrimmages with elementary students.

Jelovac said nothing makes him happier than witnessing such enthusiasm about soccer.

“Thank you,” he said. “It’s a great thing to see this many kids want to play soccer and to like to play soccer.”

In addition to the soccer experience, the annual Harvest Festival included various activities including painting pumpkins, learning about fire safety from Poland firefighters using a smoke house, playing games and more.

When introducing Jelovac and Ramin to students, Poland physical education teacher Jason Potempa noted that Ramin grew up in the Syracuse area and is now a professional soccer player.

“So things are possible if you put the work in,” Potempa said.

Ramin, of Baldwinsville, spoke about what brought him to this point.

“The biggest key to making it to our level is listening to your coaches, teachers and parents,” Ramin said.

Jelovac and Ramin added that they are looking forward to a great Utica City FC season and hope to see students soon at one of the team’s games.

“Thank you all for having us come out,” Ramin said.



Utica City FC soccer players pose with a large group of Poland elementary students


Utica City FC soccer players Bo Jelovac and Ben Ramin pose for a photo with a group of Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.




Utica City FC soccer players pose with a group of Poland students


Utica City FC soccer players Bo Jelovac and Ben Ramin pose for a photo with a group of Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.




Utica City FC soccer players playing soccer with Poland students


Utica City FC soccer players Bo Jelovac (left) and Ben Ramin (right) play soccer with Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.




Utica City FC soccer player dribbles the ball as Poland students give chase


Utica City FC soccer player Bo Jelovac plays soccer with Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.




Students crowd around a Utica City FC soccer player dribbling the soccer ball


Utica City FC soccer player Ben Ramin plays soccer with Poland elementary students during the Poland Parent Teacher Association K-5 Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the school.