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Pittsburgh Riverhounds Host First-Ever Watson Institute Special Kick Clinic
Date:5/23/2013

e Riverhounds players were truly amazing with her and all the kids” said Heather Garry, parent of a Special Kick Clinic participant.

The Watson Institute and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds have long-term plans to continue the Special Kick Clinic annually. “Highmark Stadium was built to make a positive impact in the community, brokering impactful opportunities for the many smiling faces of Western Pennsylvania,” said Jason Kutney, CEO of the Riverhounds. “The Riverhounds feel humbled to work with The Watson Institute, utilizing our talents and resources to create tremendous memories for special children who truly live life to its fullest. I want to thank our professional players, members of The Riverhounds Academy, and players from future Highmark Stadium user groups such as Point Park University and Carlow University, for making today a success.”

Following the success of this year’s clinic, both the Riverhounds and The Watson Institute are eager to pass along the initiative to other professional soccer teams across the US in hopes to expand this clinic model throughout the country. “Our goal today was to create an experience where children with special needs could participate in the game of soccer to the best of their ability,” said Ray White, CEO of The Watson Institute. “Being able to do that with a professional soccer team at a beautiful new stadium is an added bonus. We are grateful to the Riverhounds organization and Highmark Stadium for partnering with us in this endeavor. We have demonstrated here today what a wonderful experience it can be, and we encourage other professional soccer teams to conduct similar clinics in their cities as well.”

To learn more about The Watson Institute’s work with children and families, visit http://www.thewatsoninstitute.org. For more info on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, visit

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