Soccer club serves community

By on February 7, 2013

Photo: Members of the Kaneland United Soccer Club that worked on a
community service project include (back, left to right) Brad Simmons, Tyler Chapman, 10, Tucker Jahns, 10, Soren Bailey, 10, Garrett
Robinson, 10, Trevor Jahns, 13; and (front) Tommy Musaras, 10, Lane Robinson, 8, Sean Gannon, 8, Zander Webster, 9, and Jacob Simmons, 10.
Courtesy Photo

Kaneland—Several members of the boys Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) spent part of a recent weekend helping the residents and staff at Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora on Jan. 19.

The players and several parent chaperones sorted, stocked and organized clothes and supplies in the organization’s warehouse and the Community Store. Wayside Cross Ministries is an 85-year-old Christian-based organization that assists men, women and children with shelter, job training, meals, and counseling services, with the goal of creating financial and socio-economic independence.

Travel Club Director Brad Simmons said it is important for the players to be well-rounded and to realize the importance of volunteering and helping others.

“They need to understand that being a good person goes beyond playing sports and the importance of giving back to others,” Simmons said.

To honor players who volunteer at least three hours of time to a group, KUSC awards a Community Service patch. The patches are intended to recognize the kids and promote volunteerism throughout the entire club.