For the first time children living with autism will have the opportunity to engage in the world of soccer with the Puerto Rico Islanders. The club is supporting the initiative by dedicating the night of Sept. 17 game to Golitos a non profit foundation for children with autism.
“Golitos is intended to contribute to the full physical, social and emotional development of children with autism provided through structured soccer training sessions. Golitos was developed by a wide network of professionals with expertise in autism and of course soccer,” said Omar Alvarez, founder of Golitos and father of Darius and Lawrence, six year old twins with autism.
That night is also dedicated to the founding of the “Go For It” foundation that aims to work with children with limited resources. The foundation works with kids mostly from Jardines de Sellés and Nemesio Canales neighborhoods. The “Go For It” aims to help kids through structure and discipline that the sport requires. The Islanders players’ are scheduled to continually visit the practice field.
“As believers in community outreach and social responsibility its truly an honor to have Saso Tullie kick the kick of honor to start the match. Tullio was responsible for expanding the game of soccer across the island especially in Humacao, Manabo and Naguabo. The greatness of this soccer ambassador was exalted in the Sports Hall of Fame in Puerto Rico,” said Jorge Pierluisi, Vice President of the Islanders.
The match between the Islanders and FC Tampa Bay will be devoted to the Susan G Koeman foundation. The foundation is aimed towards raising awareness about breast cancer across the Island.