In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Ct. the Houston Dynamo franchise has reached out to the people of that community and have planned an event on Jan. 7 that team president Chris Canetti hopes will help bring a smile to the faces of the kids and adults who take part.
"I'll be heading to Newtown in early January, along with Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, Corey Ashe and Tally Hall," said Chris Canetti, Dynamo president, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "These five guys have volunteered their time to join me to go up there to try to help out a community that's hurting right now.
"The title for the event is called Soccer Night in Newtown. We have a similar event that we put on here in Houston called Soccer Night Out where we bring a lot of our resources out to the community and have a little bit of fun with our players. We've kind of duplicated the idea in a smaller fashion several thousand miles of way.
Canetti is from Connecticut and went to college there.
"I think we all try to find ways to help and lend a hand," Canetti said. "We've figured out a small way to help this community which happens to be a very, very rich youth soccer community.
"It'll be fan-festival type of event, taking photos, signing autographs. The idea is to give kids a chance to come out, have some fun, have some memories and take a diversion from the difficult realities that they're facing right now."
Canetti said the Dynamo franchise has also established a charitable auction with proceeds going to the United Way Sandy Hook fund, which is helping pay for counselors and funerals and things like that.
Canetti said he and his players hope to meet with the teachers and kids from Sandy Hook Elementary where the tragedy too place, but that is a work in progress.