BY ASHA MAHADEVAN
More than 50 children had an exciting time as they kicked a ball around with New York Cosmos players at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday. The children, between the ages of six and 14, were participating in the second of five free Back to School clinics organized by the soccer team and led by their coaches and players.
Sporting the free green Cosmos T-shirt that they received, the children interacted with players David Diosa and Sebastian Guenzatti. Several of the children participating in the clinic were part of the nonprofit organization Hour Children that works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children to help them successfully rejoin the community.
Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said that his organization is committed to developing grassroots soccer. “Providing local kids with the opportunity to learn from our coaches and players is just one of the many ways in which we can continue to give back to the community,” he said.
Every child who attended the clinic also received a free voucher which will allow them and one adult chaperone entry to any one of the Cosmos’ final four home matches of the NASL Fall Season.
The clinic heads to Brooklyn on Sept. 16 and returns to the Cosmos’ training pitch Mitchel Field in Hempstead, Long Island on Sept. 17. Space is limited; preregister at www.nycosmostdp.com.