With the countdown on for the TeenNick HALO Awards, we’ve got details on what David Beckham thinks of his teen teammate, Kyle Weiss.
“When I first heard about Kyle, I couldn’t believe it,” Beckham says. ‘There are a lot of people around the world that do special things for people less fortunate, but for a 13-year old boy to think: ‘I’m going to help kids in Africa. I’m going to build a soccer field because when I was a kid I had great fields to play on … ‘ That is really incredible.”
Kyle is 17 now, an old pro at running an international nonprofit. He came up with the idea for FUNDaFIELD when he met a few kids from Angola while at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Kyle couldn’t believe it when they told him that as much as they love the sport, soccer equipment wasn’t always easy to come by in Angola, and he soon discovered the same to be true for kids across Africa. Realizing that equipment was no good without a place to play, Kyle decided to start collecting money to fund much-loved new fields abroad. Today, FUNDaFIELD has collected $140,000 and built 9 soccer fields in Africa, providing a positive place for kids to connect in their communities.
David Beckham has witnessed soccer’s impact on young people, noting, “When I visited places like Sierra Leone and different parts of Africa, I saw how huge soccer is over there and how it changes people’s lives. For 90 minutes during a game, their minds are taken away from whatever’s happening in their lives — the bad things they go through every single day.”
Kyle hopes to keep the momentum going, building new fields for kids around the world.
“It’s people like Kyle that make a huge difference for young kids around the world,” says Beckham. “He’s a huge inspiration and achieved so much at such a young age, his parents and friends must be so proud. I know I’m proud to have met him.”
High praise from a star footballer, role model, UNICEF supporter and kid-fan. For more from Beckham and Kyle, tune in to the TeenNick HALO Awards this Sunday at 8pm on Nick@Nite.
Learn more about Kyle's work and how you can help him build soccer fields around the world.
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