Revs attend ‘Soccer for Peace’ tournament

Kevin Alston and President Brian Bilello speak with children about importance of leadership

Revolution defender Kevin Alston and President Brian Bilello attended the 10th Annual “Soccer for Peace” tournament on Thursday, August 16, in Dorchester, Mass.

The event, run by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office, aims at promoting positive lifestyles free from violence, drugs and crime. More than 150 children and volunteers attended the tournament set up on multiple fields at Pope John Paul II Park.

Following the game action, Bilello accepted an award on behalf of the organization as the Revolution was recognized for a decade of support of Conley’s efforts. Bilello then surprised the entire group with tickets to the Revs-Union match on September 1 at Gillette Stadium.

“The Revolution is committed to working with organizations that promote leadership and accountability in communities throughout New England,” said Bilello. “In the last 10 years, we’ve been honored to assist Dan Conley, whose office  has worked to create well-rounded individuals and a love for the game of soccer.”

The event’s headline speaker, Kevin Alston, spoke candidly with the group about his upbringing and the importance of staying in school. Alston stressed that soccer growing up was a privilege and that there were always temptations to get into trouble or slack off in the classroom. Alston admitted he was grateful for mentors and older friends for taking him under their wing and encouraging him to make smart choices.

“Kids need great role models in their neighborhoods to set them in the right direction and I hope I can be one for them,” said Alston.

“If it wasn’t for the community leaders when I was growing up, I never would be where I am today.”