What children teach us I have a teenage daughter, Sami, who ever since she was able to run around, had a passion for kicking the ball. So when she turned 5, we enrolled her into a local soccer team for recreation. From the get go, she was different, said everyone, with the way she ran, the way she played and the happiness she exuded when playing. Ten years of this and soccer is still her passion, creative outlet, and physical workout. You can wake her up in the middle of the night, give her a few minutes, and she might play soccer with you. She is fortunate to live in California, where there is plenty of soccer everywhere, and that too for girls!