Wondo Visits Costaño Elementary School
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski made his Amway Kicks for Kids debut on Tuesday. Coming off of his second consecutive game with a goal, Wondolowski visited Costaño Elementary School in East Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon as part of the Amway Kicks for Kids Program. The program, in its second year, helps teach local youth about the importance of a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
Principal Gina Sudaria introduced Wondolowski to loud applause to start the day’s activities. The group of over 150 children participated well throughout the assembly, cheering the Danville native and each other during Tuesday’s activities.
The Chico State alumni stressed the impact a healthy diet and active lifestyle had on his life growing up playing multiple sports. Wondolowski explained to the children how the choices he made as a child to eat healthy foods helped him achieve his goal of becoming a professional soccer player. He also spoke to the children about the importance of staying active. Wondolowski also showed them how they can remain active when not playing a sport.
After he finished speaking, Wondolowski opened the floor to a question and answer session. He took a number of questions about his professional career before inviting some children to come up and demonstrate some soccer skills. Wondoloswki even simulated a goal celebration which included the children.
To conclude the afternoon, the 6’ forward signed autographs and Earthquakes staff handed out over 125 jersey replica shirts and 250 tickets, donated by Amway, to the students to attend the Earthquakes next home game on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Colorado Rapids.
The Earthquakes and Amway teamed up to create the Amway Kicks for Kids program in 2009. The program returns for its second season in 2010. Through the program, Earthquakes players will visit 15 schools or community centers in the Bay Area to discuss the importance of being active and living a healthy lifestyle.