Major League Soccer is committed to supporting youth programs that encourage children to live a healthy active lifestyle.
Earlier today, Philadelphia Union Defender Ray Gaddis and MLS Draft prospects, Andre Blake (Goalkeeper, University of Connecticut), Schillo Tshuma (Midfielder, University of Maryland), Marlon Hairston (Midfielder, University of Louisville), Patrick Mullins (Forward, University of Maryland), Damion Lowe (Defender, University of Hartford) and Steve Birnbaum (Defender, University of California) visited Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School to meet with students and discuss the keys to leading an active and healthy lifestyle, in support of the Vetri Foundation's vision of “healthy body + health mind = health living”.
Founded in 2008 by acclaimed chef Marc Vetri and restauranteur Jeff Benjamin, the Vetri Foundation for children works to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. When kids make the connection between the two, they can make a better decision about their own health while influencing their families, and they become a voice for better choices in their communities.
The visit began when the top MLS SuperDraft prospects joined Cristo Rey students for a healthy lunch, which included a converstion about the importance of consuming healthy, well-balanced meals. Following lunch, the next generation of MLS soccer kicked the ball around with the high school students and discussed healthy lifestyle habits during gym class.
Today's visit, hosted by MLS WORKS, the charitable arm of Major League Soccer, and the Philadelphia Union, also highlighted the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, presented by Adidas.