Whitecaps players heading to Newtown, CT:
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A few of the Vancouver Whitecaps players are flying to Newtown, Connecticut today to put on a soccer clinic for those affected by last month’s shooting massacre.
Up to 40 players from across the MLS are taking part.
“It’s certainly one of the most tragic events I’ve ever seen in my lifetime or heard about,” says Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
Knighton says bringing the beautiful game to a community that has been so devastated was the least he and the players could do.
“It’s one of those things where it was a no-brainer. Once they sent the email, I probably responded within two seconds of getting the email. It was not even the thought of whether if I could make it, it was a matter of when could I get there.”
As a father, Knighton says hearing about the tragedy was unlike anything he had ever known. “To have a kid of my own and know the possibility of sending them to school and not knowing if they’re coming home, you know, that just sends chills through my body.”
Knighton will be joined by midfielder Matt Watson and striker Omar Salgado.
Players will hold a clinic and games all day Monday.