Fort Lowell Shootout Returns to Tucson After a Year’s Absence | Tucson sports

Jackson says the shootout committee and theater staff have a good plan, and she has confidence in their procedures when it comes to health and safety.

“It’s hard to say, but I think we’re getting to the point where everyone just really knows the drill. ‘ Jackson said. “We want the kids to play and we’ll do whatever it takes to keep the kids out there.”

Jackson said she looks forward to honoring this year’s honorees, Kelly Pierce and the late Bruce Caris, for their lifetime contributions to youth football.

Pierce is the head coach of the Tucson FC Women’s Premier League team and led the team to a national championship last season. In 2017, Pierce returned to her alma mater, Salpointe Catholic High School, and coached the girls’ soccer team at back-to-back state championships.

Caris, who died in September 2021, was a longtime supporter of the shootout, beginning coaching children in the early 1990s and serving as the coach of Fort Lowell Soccer Club until 2014. He brought several teams to the shootout, including his son’s teams.

“Bruce really enjoyed the shootout and being a part of it,” said Caris’ wife Lisa Fraser. “Receiving this award would have meant so much to him. He wants everyone to know that this award isn’t just for him, it’s for the entire youth football community in Tucson. It was always about the whole team for him.”


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