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Athletes Get a Kick Out of Aon Soccer Clinics

August 24, 2014

Athletes of all ages and abilities try their hand (technically, feet) at soccer thanks to one of soccer's most storied clubs.

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Washington, DC athletes enjoying "the beautiful game," thanks to Aon.

Growing the World's Most Popular Sport

Coaches from Manchester United Soccer Schools and the Manchester United Foundation hosted Skills and Drills soccer clinics for S.O. athletes in Pontiac MI, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO in recent weeks. 

Athletes of all ages and abilities ran through skills - some trying their hand (technically, feet) at soccer for the first time. These clinics are an important first step toward generating an in interest in soccer participation. 

The world’s most popular sport is an area of concentration within Special Olympics, which hopes to grow the sport globally. Currently more than 430,000 Special Olympics athletes around the world play soccer.

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John Shiels, CEO, Manchester United Foundation, fires up Michigan athletes

The Lesson of Living in the Present

Manchester United legends Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke participated, along with Manchester United Foundation CEO John Shiels who said “I am in the enviable position of loving my job, and especially the Tour. Without any shadow of doubt the highlight for me is when I work with Special Olympics." 

Shiels added "The collaboration of working with the Aon Foundation in preparation, and on the day, Aon volunteers and the local chapter of Special Olympics. Meeting the parents and volunteers, and working with the athletes is so humbling and inspiring. For that one timeless session we learn from the athletes the most valued lesson in life of living in the present."

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Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke takes the pitch with athletes.

Aon: Making it Possible

The clinics were sponsored by Aon, the presenting partner of Tour 2014 Presented by Aon and principal partner of Manchester United and the Manchester United Foundation, the charitable arm of the club. 

Special Olympics thanks Aon, its employee volunteers who helped run the clinics, Manchester United Foundation and the coaches and legends of Manchester United.

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