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Timbers and T2 players take the pitch with kids from the Boys and Girls Club

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Jack Jewsbury and other members of the Portland Timbers and T2 took to the pitch with kids from the Boys and Girls Club at Bless Field Wednesday as part of Stand Together Week. (KPTV) Jack Jewsbury and other members of the Portland Timbers and T2 took to the pitch with kids from the Boys and Girls Club at Bless Field Wednesday as part of Stand Together Week. (KPTV)
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Some parents might ask their kids “What did you do today?” And for some children the answer Wednesday will be, “I played soccer with the Timbers.”

Jack Jewsbury and Jack Barmby were among the players who took the pitch at Bless Field against kids from the Boys and Girls Club on North Trenton.

While the field made from old turf from Providence Park may have reminded them of their current careers, some players said the experience took them back to playing soccer as a kid.

“It brings you back to the days when you didn't play the sport as a job, you did it just for fun,” Jewsbury said. “It’s days like these when you can kind of look back and take the enjoyment from the smile on these kids’ faces out here.”

Members of the Timbers and T2 helped build confidence Wednesday, some sharing their own personal connections to the Boys and Girls Club.

“In my hometown I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club a lot, so I have experience in that,” T2 player Steve Palacios said. “It’s the same stuff they told me growing up - stay in school, stay positive and just keep practicing.”

For one Timber, though, the highlight of the day was showing off his skills with a wheelbarrow as the players also helped to beautify Bless Field.

“It’s about packing the wheelbarrow as big as you can but without spilling it, because it's all about efficiency,” Timbers goalie Jake Gleeson explained. “Maybe I’m just the team gardener.”

For more information on Stand Together Week, or to see how to volunteer, visit HandsOnPortland.org.

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