by Laura Musuras, Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization
Several members of the boys Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) on Jan. 19 spent part of their weekend helping the residents and staff at Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora.
The players and several parent chaperones sorted, stocked and organized clothes and supplies in the church’s warehouse and 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, all with the goal of creating financial and socio-economic independence.
Kaneland Travel Club Director Brad Simmons said its 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.
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