On Friday, March 13, Philadelphia Union staff surprised the 6th grade students of George Sharswood School in South Philadelphia and took over their gym class with soccer activities.
The staff surprised the students outside with three soccer stations and an inflatable soccer field with various games at each including 5 vs. 5 matches and competitive variations titled “Steal the Bacon” and “Knock Out."
“It was awesome being able to surprise the kids. They were all excited that we were there and it was something different for them," said Ticket Sales intern Shane Nelson. “They were all running around, smiling, and having fun. You could tell this was the highlight of their week.”
The activities lasted for approximately an hour and a half followed by group pictures. Before sending the students back to class, the Union staff donated soccer balls and mini soccer goals to the school in hopes to grow their soccer program and activity in the community.
“I think these activities can get children excited about the game, becoming Philadelphia Union fans themselves,” said Union intern Budimir Markovic.
The Union looks forward to visiting other local schools and organizations in the future to promote healthy activity and involvement.