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ARDMORE, OK -- A non-profit youth organization in Ardmore is opening it's spring season Saturday.

It might be a little cold on the sidelines.

But if you're running and kicking a ball around, it's not so bad.

"This is opening day!" said Brad Williams, a board member for G.O.A.L.S. "We kind of got a little chilly on it."

The Greater Oklahoma Ardmore League of Soccer or G.O.A.L.S. kicked off it's spring season on Saturday.

It's run by about 75 volunteers who come together to make the soccer league possible.

"It's really a fantastic deal to watch everyone come together," said Williams.

Kids can begin playing in the league at three to four years old and progress all the way through high school until age 18.

G.O.A.L.S. was kick-started about 16 years ago, and has now grown to an organization with more than 400 kids playing soccer.

Those that grew up in the system are now giving back.

"I grew up in the community and the club," said Brady Hunt, a former player, referee, coach, and board member. "I played since I was four so now I'm coaching."

In addition to coaching, Hunt also officiates and serves on the board of directors.

Parents say through volunteerism and the team orientation of G.O.A.L.S, it has built strong community ties between participating families.

"I just love watching the kids play, I like it it's exciting," said Steven Scott. "Our family just likes to come out here and have fun, and enjoy the game."

While some may take it a little more seriously than others, the main goal is this.

"It's really everybody together working to watch these kids grow," said Williams.

Williams says the organization hopes to grow its membership numbers to 600 players next year.