Creighton men's head coach Elmar Bolowich and his Bluejays hosted the third annual Kicking With The Jays free soccer clinic for children from the Omaha Housing Authority Saturday at Morrison Stadium.
Former CU head coach Bob Warming and his Penn State squad were also on hand.
This clinic honored the memory of Warming’s daughter, 21-year-old Audrey, who died last year in an auto accident. The foundation established in her name, “Audrey – Shoes for Kids,” provided brand new soccer cleats, shin guards, shirts and soccer balls to every child participating in the clinic. The shoes were funded by private donations, including contributions from major shoe companies.
After the Bluejays and volunteers from UnitedHealthcare helped distribute the items, the children broke in their new equipment on the field. Bolowich, Warming and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert spoke to the children at the end of the clinic.
“I want to thank the Warming family, the 'Audrey - Shoes for Kids' foundation, UnitedHealthcare, the Omaha Housing Authority, the mayor and both teams for making this a very special day,” said Bolowich. “I hope you enjoy playing the game, enjoy life, work hard and stay in school.”
Creighton and UnitedHealthcare co-sponsored Kicking With The Jays for a third consecutive year. More than 500 children have attended in past years, including many refugees from African countries such as Liberia and Sudan.