Kids win charity football match against professionals
In a wonderful display of unity, sportsmanship and camaraderie, rival professional football clubs Loyola Meralco and Kaya gave a joint clinic and then formed a team of 11 to go against 134 kids who registered to learn under, and then play against their football idols.
On October 26 at the Emperador Stadium, students from the Loyola Meralco FC Academy and Kaya FC Academy joined the football clinic and exhibition match, while 80 young football players from Gawad Kalinga, Boystown and Payatas were sponsored by LBC Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, and Bootcamp, a multi-branded football store.
Kaya FC head coach David Perkovic acted as head referee for the match, and was assisted by Kaya FC manager Justin Tolentino.
Phil Younghusband of Loyola Meralco Sparks and Danilo de Jong of Kaya FC scored a goal each for the professionals, who currently play in the United Football League. They lost to the kids, 2-3.
Registration fees for the event were donated to ICanServe Foundation, to promote early breast cancer detection and community-based breast cancer screening.