NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men's soccer team recently took part in a community service event with the Future Soccer Stars Foundation for the program's “City on the Pitch” annual play day held at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium on May 19.

Delaware alum and former Blue Hen men's soccer player Steve Cavalier is the founder and executive director of the Future Soccer Stars Foundation, an organization designed to give opportunities to Wilmington's underprivileged young children and give them access to exercise and education through the sport of soccer. This year marked the second time the event has been held at the University of Delaware.

“The program is a free program that we offer to lower income or inner city kids; with the current pay to play model in the U.S. we are trying to change that with these players and these kids, we're trying to give every opportunity to everyone to play soccer,” Cavalier said. “It's great to have the Blue Hen players be a role model for these kids, so they can look up to them and see that there is a pathway and there is an option, not just through soccer but through education as well.”

The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer also participated in the annual play day, as midfielder Maurice Edu attended the event and spoke to the children following the day's activities.

“I think this program is great. It's wonderful to give these kids who normally wouldn't have this opportunity a chance to come out and play sport,” Edu remarked. “A lot of these kids may or may not be involved in other things that could be detrimental to them so to give them an outlet, a chance to better themselves in some way, I think it's a great program. For me, soccer has given me so much in my life and given me an opportunity to really seize and make the most of, now having a chance to come back and give these kids a little motivation and help them to set goals and pursue those goals is very rewarding.”

“We're very involved in community service, not just the UD soccer players but UD student-athletes as a whole have a long history of community service, and this is just another feather in our cap,” Blue Hen head coach Ian Hennessy stated. “I think the youth look to our student-athletes of all sports as role models and they make that connection, that network which is second nature to them. So our guys are really, really delighted to be here and take this opportunity to really build and forge this relationship with the kids of Wilmington.”

“I just think it's important to get the kids out and get them interacting with student-athletes and let them see the university, see how we act around each other and just have fun,” Blue Hen sophomore defender Soren Frost commented. “It's a good time for kids with an interest in soccer to play around and have fun.”

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