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America Supports You: Utah Group Donates Soccer Gear to Iraqi Children

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2006 – The Utah Youth Soccer Association has teamed up with "Operation Give" to collect soccer equipment for needy children in Iraq, UYSA officials said.

Operation Give is a nonprofit organization comprising volunteers in six states who collect donations for in-need children overseas. The donations are sent to U.S. servicemembers for distribution. The organization is a member of the Defense Department's America Supports You team.

"We are lucky to have the resources our soccer community enjoys, so we jumped at the opportunity to donate," Leisa Vineyard, the group's president, said. "We're proud to team up with Operation Give and help put cleats on the feet of a child who has never played in shoes."

The collection has been under way for about two weeks, with players and their families bringing used soccer gear to the state cup tournament games.

Operation Give volunteer and Utah National Guardsman Paul Holton, also known as "Chief Wiggles," will attend the tournament finals May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the West Jordan Soccer Complex to accept donations on behalf of Operation Give and thank everyone who donated.

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