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Cool Kid kicks up a whole new ball game

October 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cool Kid McKenna Gooden's mission is to allow all kids to enjoy sports as much as she does and that is why she is bringing the game of soccer to some special kids. Cool Kid McKenna Gooden is a volunteer coach for some special soccer players in Covina.

"It's just really rewarding to see them smile and have fun together and work as a team and really understand the concept of the game," said McKenna.

The A.Y.S.O. VIP League gives kids with disabilities a chance to play soccer when otherwise they might not be able to enjoy the game. McKenna was drawn to the idea of giving full access to these young ones.

"I think it's really important for these kids to experience what all the average kids do experience, so that's what first makes me get into it.

As a senior at Charter Oaks High School, McKenna sees her college years including more time for these special athletes.

"In the city I live in, I want to start a VIP team so I do want to continue this step forward," explained McKenna.

McKenna wants to teach her players much more than just the rules of a game.

"I think that's what everybody needs is just encouragement and that they need to know they can do anything their hearts desire," said McKenna.

Giving all kids a chance to play and learn, she is our Cool Kid, McKenna Gooden.


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