New England Revolution players will participate in two events this week involving Boston public school students.
Kicking off Thursday is the 11th annual Daniel F. Conley Soccer for Peace tournament starting at 4 p.m. at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester.
On Friday, the Revolution will hold a free soccer skills clinic for BPS high school soccer players from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kroc Center in Dorchester. The athletes will be coached in dribbling, passing, and ball control. The clinic is sponsored by the Boston Scholar Athletes program.
Since 2003, Conley, the Suffolk County District Attorney and now mayoral candidate, has welcomed parents and children to the tournament in an effort to promote peace and camaraderie throughout the Suffolk County community. Each young player will be given a backpack courtesy of Citizens Bank.
Citizens Bank is donating 150 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children in need as part of the Gear for Grades initiative, which helps provide children with the tools necessary to succeed in school.
Special guests at the tournament will include Revolution players Juan Agudelo and Bilal Duckett, who will sign autographs and pose for photos.
There also will be a K-9 demonstration from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, and staff from the Boston Museum of Science will have interactive activities. Radio station JAMN 94.5 will provide the entertainment.
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