When Brian Hokanson was a kid, he traveled from Newcastle to Gillette to play soccer. It was the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and back then, “soccer was the sport of the future.”

The future is now. Hokanson, the president of the Gillette Edge soccer club, said more than 300 kids participate in the soccer programs at the high schools and junior highs. There are 250 to 300 who play on traveling soccer teams. And there are more than 1,000 kids who are part of the Recreation Center’s program.

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