Last week, Whitecaps FC participated in a two-day event in Ladysmith, BC. The Hope and Health event brought together more than 600 members of the community and was in partnership with two Vancouver Island-based Aboriginal Child and Family Service Agencies (Kw'umut Lelum and Lalum’utul' Smun’eem).
The first day saw a very inspiring 'Evening of Champions' featuring keynote speeches from Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie, defenders Jay DeMerit and Andy O’Brien, Olympic ski cross gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor, and a performance from recording artist and Amercian Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell with a surprise appearance from 'Caps defender Jordan Harvey on guitar.
Day two followed with a skills and drills portion with the help of ‘Caps players Darren Mattocks, Matt Watson, Russell Teibert, Nigel Reo-Coker, Camillo, Brad Knighton, and Gershon Koffie. Coaching and goalkeeper clinics were also offered to all participants.