DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos soccer club and Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley announced a special three-day youth soccer clinic to help raise funds to grant a wish for a child in need from the Westchester area.
The Cosmos Training & Development Program (TDP) will host the clinics Sunday and Monday, June 22 through 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. each evening at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry.
“Our club is really looking forward to hosting these clinics,” Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said. “Make-A-Wish is a great organization and we want to help them fill a great wish for someone. Hopefully our fans and the young soccer players in New York can help us reach this goal with Make-A-Wish.”
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The group has granted wishes to more than 2,200 youngsters since 1986.
The clinics will be held in conjunction with Rivertowns United/AYSO Region 324 for children ages 5 to 15.
One hundred percent of the registration fees will go to the local chapter of Make-A-Wish.
“We thank the New York Cosmos and Mercy College for their spirit of generosity and commitment to our mission,” said Tom Conklin, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, said in a statement. “Money raised from this extraordinary community event will be instrumental in continuing to insure that an eligible child will have the opportunity to have their one true most heartfelt wish granted.”
Mercy College donated its playing fields to Make-A-Wish® and the school will also host a celebratory barbeque on Tuesday, June 24 for all participants at the culmination of the clinics.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Mercy College to support a very worthy cause," Mercy College Chief Operating Office Joseph Schaefer said. "Our fields and facilities are for the public to enjoy.”
All children who participate will also receive a complimentary t-shirt from the Cosmos, J.P. Doyle’s Restaurant and Public House and the Celtic Corner Pub.
Registration is limited to 120 children. Parents interested in signing up their children for the clinics may visit the signup page link and click on 'Register'.