AFC Cleveland’s attendance of United Arab Emirates tenth gift to American soccer was fulfilled with a lot of cheers, smiles, and old fashioned fun on the pitch. The selection of Cleveland to be awarded a community field means something different for everyone. UAE Ambassador to the U.S., Yousef Al Otaiba’s favorite sport of soccer wants America’s youth to enjoy the sport as much as he does. After field donations in other cities including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, Cleveland metropolitan schools graciously accepted the donated field just outside Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary with kids running drills coached by AFC Cleveland Royal personnel. Vinny Bell, Brandon Flowers, Marijo Musa, and Noulis Siamidis each took a corner of the field to coach the youthful students dribbling, shooting, passing, and goal drills to carry with them into the future. The new organic field is meant to survive with little maintenance so it stays fresh for years in an economically challenged community. Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, an FDR alumnus, commented on the donation from a student’s point of view, “They will know you care about them”. Superintendent of Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is excited because he is a firm believer that physical education results lead to positive reading results in the classroom. The field is going to be utilized by FDR children, Boys & Girls Club of Glenville, and others in the community for years to come.
AFC Cleveland was invited to help with the ceremony by America Scores Cleveland, an impactful non-profit organization in the Northeast Ohio region that focuses on establishing youth’s interest in both soccer and creative writing. A collaboration of UAE, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Schools, America Scores, and NPSL Champion AFC Cleveland kicked off things the right way on Friday.
When Cleveland’s finest get together for a great cause, our community wins. Royals President/CEO Terry Lawriw commented during the event, “We are just so thankful Glenville invited us here today, we are grateful to show them the same support they have shown us in the past.” The members of the team and students swapped signed soccer balls, all parties are sure to share the memories for a long time.
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