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Timbers player encourages soccer ball donation effort

Posted: Updated: March 13, 2012 09:08 PM

Timbers defender Futty Danso met with students in an after-school program in Gresham to thank them for their soccer ball donation for kids in an African nation.

Students at Clear Creek Middle School held a raffle to raise money to purchase soccer balls for kids at the middle school in Uganda.

"You guys are going to put some big smiles on their faces," said Danso. "Overall, life is not easy back home. You just have to live day-by-day, depending on the country you're from."

Danso is from Gambia but knows full well about the atrocities some kids have faced in Uganda – including the murder and abuse of children at the hands of warlord Joseph Kony. The Gresham kids were inspired to help after seeing a viral video about the abuses that is sweeping the globe.

"You guys might change their life completely," said Danso. "You never know what this ball is going to do to them."

And in the process, their gift to kids across the globe has taught them a valuable lesson here at home.

"I learned to be thankful for what we have, and please help Africa because they really need us," said Idalia Maldonado, a student in the after-school program.

Timbers tickets were among the items raffled off to raise money. Six kids who helped the most with the effort will attend the season-opener at Jeld-Wen Field.

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