Soccer mom gets a kick out of business
Being a soccer mom is serious business for Sandy Stoltzfus.For nearly two years, the former stay-at-home mom has run The Corner Kick, the only soccer equipment store on the Western Slope.”I like being involved in the soccer community,” said Stoltzfus, who moved to Glenwood Springs 12 years ago from Missouri. “I like to be an information stop for the soccer community.”For Stoltzfus, her husband, Bryan, and their children, The Corner Kick is a team endeavor. The couple have four kids, ranging in age from 16 to 2. Some of the children enjoy soccer competitively, while others are team players by helping at the store.”We all work here,” said Sandy, who played nearly every organized sport but soccer growing up in Missouri. “Even when my parents come and visit, my dad works at the store. They love it.”
As she welcomed potential customers to the store – located at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus turn-off on Highway 82 – Friday afternoon, 2-year-old Emma Stoltzfus showed her Corner Kick team spirit. Like her dad and half-brother, 14-year-old Taylor Mays, the outgoing toddler is an enthusiastic soccer fan.”She’s already in training. She’s been kicking the ball since she’s been walking,” Sandy said. “She comes up here with me every day. We even had a playroom built for her in the back.”Advice from her son and husband – a drywall contractor and assistant coach for the Glenwood Springs High School varsity girl’s soccer team – makes the business fun for the whole family, Sandy said.”Bryan and Taylor, they’re my advisory board,” she said. “Bryan has played soccer all his life, and Taylor has played since he was 5. We’ve just kind of always been involved in soccer.”When it comes to sports, Sandy admits her favorite is softball – she and Bryan met while playing on a coed team in Glenwood. Bryan said he was originally attracted to Sandy because of her athleticism.”She’s a super, super athlete,” said Bryan, a Pennsylvania native. “I played shortstop, and she played second base, so we got to know each other by communicating on the field.”
The active couple dated for a year and two months before marrying – not once, but two times.”We got married in Vegas – we had planned it out,” Bryan said. “Then we went back East because my dad’s a pastor, and he wanted to marry us the right way. We actually got married twice in a month and a half.”Having an older brother and sister in her immediate family, Sandy said she always wanted to be surrounded by children.”I knew I wanted kids. They’re always there for you,” she said. “It’s the joys and love that they bring you, no matter what, even if they don’t act like it sometimes.”With an age range of 14 years between her oldest and youngest daughters, Sandy said life never dulls in the Stoltzfus family.
“We’ve got ’em at every age, and every age is a new adventure,” she said, with a slight grin. “It’s been interesting starting all over again.”If motherhood were a game of soccer, Sandy would be the MVP of the Stoltzfus team. And The Corner Kick would be her sponsor.”She’s a wonderful mother,” Bryan said. “She’s very patient with the kids.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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