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Dynamo and Newtown grow even closer

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The relationship between the Houston Dynamo and the community of Newtown, Connecticut. continues to grow.

The Dynamo soccer franchise recently partnered with Newtown Kindness to help that organization promote
the first Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award.

It was the brainchild of Dynamo president Chris Canetti to hold 'Soccer Night in Newtown' last month, which was a huge success.

"The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness was born out of the tragedy in Newtown, where the Bacon family unfortunately lost their daughter, Charlotte," Canetti said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"Some friends of the Bacon family, Aaron Carlson and his wife, came together to start Newtown Kindness. Newtown Kindness' primary mission is the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness, which is to encourage children from around the world to engage in random acts of kindness and then to share those acts of kindness with the organization, and on Charlotte's birthday (Feb. 22) every year they will acknowledge and recognize children from around the world for their acts of kindness."

Children are encouraged to express their acts of kindness to Newtown Kindness with essays or drawings.

The deadline to enter is Feb. 21.

A number of prizes will be offered with the Dynamo giving away a trip for four to Houston to watch a Dynamo game, that includes roundtrip airfare and two nights in a hotel.

Last month Canetti's idea of 'Soccer Night in Newtown' became a reality, as the people from Newtown had a chance to meet many greats from the sport of soccer and have a good time.

Canetti is planning a sequel for June 9.

"What we heard from them is they were going to need help in healing over time," Canetti said. "So we said we'll come back. We'll do it again.

"It's about bringing smiles to children's faces. It's about providing lifelong memories. It's about showing that town that people from far away care."

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