Greeted by a standing ovation of hundreds of applauding children, James and Phil Younghusband earlier this month visited the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation, the beneficiary of the charity all-star game.
PHOTO: The Children of the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation perform a touching rendition of Josh Groban’s ‘You Raise me Up’.
An avid football fan himself, Fr. Rocky Evangelista, SDB, president and founder of Tuloy Foundation, welcomed the brothers to Tuloy sa Don Bosco. He expounded on how a sport like football can make a difference in a child’s life. “Football is the game of life, and the Clear Dream Match is one example of how a sport can achieve so much,” he said.
James and Phil, along with other guests, were later serenaded by more than 600 children of the Tuloy Foundation. Children from the foundation—ages nine to 18 — performed a touching rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”
As their hymns echoed and their smiles brightening up the fully pact gym, guests sat humbled by the performance, some even shedding a tear or two.
Both brothers briefly shared their passion for football. “Football has enabled Phil and I to do so much,” Phil said. “Everything we do is to help other Filipino children realize that they too can have a future through football,” Phil added.
“When Phil and I moved to the Philippines two years ago, promoting football in the Philippines was our long term goal, but with the success of the Azkals and the subsequent popularity of the sport that resulted from it, it has become more than just promoting the sport,” James said.
The Younghusbands visit was capped off with a short preview of the Clear Dream Match with James and Phil going head-to-head with their respective teams composed of Tuloy’s own boys’ football team.
After an exciting 30 minutes of seven-aside football, James’ team won 4-1. Whether or not that is an indication of the eventual victor come August 25th, is a query that will be unraveled on August 25th, at University of Makati. In fact people can start saving their seats via the Clear Facebook site.
Voting polls are open until August 8, visit the Clear Facebook site (www.facebook.com/clear).
Source: Manila Bulletin