Revs attend ‘Soccer for Peace’ tournament

Kevin Alston & Darrius Barnes speak with children

On Thursday, Aug. 11, Revolution defenders Kevin Alston and Darrius Barnes attended the Soccer for Peace tournament held at Pope John Paul II Park in Boston, Mass.

The annual tournament was put on by the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley’s Office, and featured more than 150 kids and volunteers that helped to make the event a success. Registration for the tournament was free for children of all ages and featured a soccer clinic put on by AmericaSCORES New England.

After the clinic concluded, Alston and Barnes joined Conley to speak with the children in attendance about the importance of having positive influences throughout life, including the game of soccer and public figures like Conley. As a reward for attending the event and committing to a positive life, The players then surprised the kids with two tickets to the Revolution game on September 10 against FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium.

Following a question and answer session, the Revs posed for pictures with each team in the tournament and signed autographs for all of the children in attendance. When the soccer tournament began, the defenders stuck around the park, giving help and advice as honorary coaches for each team.

Alston and Barnes said it was great to see so many children get excited for the game they love to play and look forward to working with the tournament in the future and seeing the children at the match in September.