Friday, September 3, 2010

A "Revolution" at Foxborough

Going for a goal: Kyle Teixeira, youth development team administrator for the New England Revolution, right, coaches participant Gillian Gould

Pouring rain couldn't dampen the smiles of more than 20 children who participated in a soccer clinic with members of the New England Revolution at the Dana-Farber Field House in Foxborough on Aug. 24. The clinic -- offered every year by the MGH, the Revolution and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network -- gave children with disabilities and their siblings the chance to play one-on-one with several star athletes.

The young players spent nearly two hours working through drills, scrimmaging and taking shots on goal. Revolution players Chris Tierney, Bobby Shuttleworth, Seth Sinovic and Pat Phelan not only coached, but also cheered on the young players as they dribbled, shot and tended goal.

Afterward, as the children enjoyed healthy snacks donated by MGH Nutrition and Food Services, the players gathered everyone into a huddle and answered questions about what it is like to play for the Revolution, the upcoming North American SuperLiga tournament and the importance of living an active lifestyle. As they headed home, the children were treated to giveaways from the MGH and Spaulding, as well as autographed Revolution posters.

This is the sixth year the MGH and Spaulding have partnered with the Revolution to offer the clinic to children with disabilities and their siblings.

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