Colo. youth soccer players give back to kids around the world

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DENVER -- It's often difficult to get kids to put down their video games and get motivated to do something productive, especially during the summer, but one local group of soccer players is kicking it into high gear to help kids a half a world away.

These young soccer players with Colorado Rush are helping kids in places some their age have never even heard of. They have spent the season gathering cleats, uniforms, and gently used soccer equipment from around the country in order to ship them to young soccer players in third world countries.

"Well we sort all the pile of cleats and shorts and we`re going to ship all these boxes you see here to places like Ghana, Togo, Kenya and Cameron," said Colorado Rush teammate Kevin Peterson.

Some of the teammates and coaches have visited those same countries in the past to deliver donations in person, and they say every piece is treasured.

"We gave the kids their uniforms, and they had never had uniforms," said Colorado Rush organizer Donna Pettigrew. "They were so excited, they actually had their uniform on backward, with the number on the front."

Frontier Cargo flew the boxes of equipment to California, where the U.S. Navy picked them up and will deliver them on their next mission.

The Colorado Rush is always looking for more donations, either through cash or slightly used soccer equipment. Visit http://www.coloradorush.com/index.php/reach.