COSTA MESA — A Mater Dei school bus filled with children rolled through Santa Ana and into Costa Mesa on a beautiful Saturday morning. Surely it was a gorgeous day for the kids. It was a day of soccer.
As the bus approached Mariners Christian School, the children chanted, "Soccer! Soccer! Soccer!"
The youngsters – about 65 of them – from KidWorks came to Mariners Christian School for a soccer clinic, conducted by experienced players and featuring a special alumnus, Jack McBean.
The children are from at-risk neighborhoods, said Ava Steaffens, president/CEO of KidWorks. There was little reason to think about those problems at Mariners Christian School.
The kids were all smiles as they ran around on the field, kicking the balls and receiving treats throughout the day. They were fed lunch and ice cream and they received a goodie bag. Each went home with a soccer ball, t-shirt, group photo and other treats, some from the Los Angeles Galaxy.