For the second year in a row, D.C. United partnered with the Screaming Eagles, to host a toy distribution for DC SCORES students on Wednesday, December 12 at Smoothers Elementary School in Northeast Washington, D.C.
Over 70 toys were distributed to students in attendance from three DC SCORES sites which included: Smothers Elementary School, Aiton Elementary School, and Burrville Elementary School. All distributed toys were provided courtesy of the Screaming Eagles' members via the supporter group’s annual Toys & Toddies charity event.
"Seeing the toys we collected make this type of impact was great, this is the next generation of soccer players and fans to come," James Lambert, President of the Screaming Eagles, said.
The evening consisted of arts and crafts stations where kids were able to make snowflakes, decorate holiday figures, and color in their own soccer balls with guidance from D.C. United’s U-17 and U-19 Academy players. Following the activities, DC SCORES youth were surprised with a toy unveiling with all kids in attendance receiving their own gift.
"It was great giving children from these schools an opportunity to receive toys," Lindsey Sharp, DC SCORES Manager of Partnerships and Events, said. "These schools are so close in distance from each other so it was nice to see them interact and meet students from neighboring schools."
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