OFF FIELD SPOTLIGHT: SD BOCA HELPING VETERANS
Usually you can find soccer players on soccer fields, especially professional players and especially on game day. This morning San Diego's local professional soccer team, the San Diego BOCA FC was out on top of the USS Midway supporting the Homeless Veterans community, helping raise awareness and money for those who served our country and now need us to help them.
SD Boca FC raised dollars for this event with each professional soccer player finding their own sponsors to support the workout event highlighted by KUSI TV.
Today's event, April 9, 2011, was held on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier, and the players of San Diego Boca FC joined other volunteers through the Embrace organization and participated in an hour-long marathon workout to benefit homeless and wounded veterans.
The "Aerob-A-Thon" was headed by KUSI fitness expert Cindy Whitmarsh, who showed all the volunteers a great series of boot camp style aerobics and kickboxing moves.
Funds were raised through pledges and the proceeds will go towards the Ex4Vets' Wounded Veteran Home Restoration Program, Embrace's homeless service program and the Veterans Village San Diego.
Being a professional athlete has responsibilities of setting a good role model and the San Diego Boca FC players rose to the challenge of helping raise money for the veterans' organizations. It is great to see the players try to follow these aerobic and kickbox moves. It is apparent that although these pro soccer players are in great shape, some of the exercise moves were new to them. These professional soccer players should be congratulated for stepping up to help others who now need assistance.
Especially on a game day morning! San Diego BOCA FC plays FC Hasental tonight, April 9th at 7pm at Balboa Stadium.
"Embrace has done an 'Aerob-A-Thon' in the past with great success, so we thought we would add another component to broaden the reach of its benefits," said Sean Sheppard, Founder and CEO of Embrace. Sheppard began in 2007 to volunteer his time to feed the homeless once a week with the San Diego Chargers and soon discovered that he had a passion for improving the lives of the homeless population. Embrace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.