Sporting KC’s Roger Espinoza Returns To Honduras With Unbound To Inspire Kids In Poverty

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The soccer star will travel to visit kids who are served by U.S.-based nonprofit Unbound.

Roger Espinoza of Sporting Kansas City and volunteer partner with Unbound.

“The plan of the whole trip is to give kids hope. In my life, I was in this same situation.”

Sporting Kansas City’s popular mid-fielder Roger Espinoza will travel to Santa Barbara, Honduras, Dec. 10, where he hopes to teach kids in his home country a little about soccer and a lot about life.

Espinoza will spend several days teaching soccer skills to children sponsored through Unbound, visiting families in the program and encouraging kids to believe they have a promising future.

“The plan of the whole trip is to give kids hope,” Espinoza said. “In my life, I was in this same situation.”

Espinoza was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and grew up in humble circumstances. He immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old.

Hondurans remember Espinoza as a star on the Honduran national football team and as a member of the Honduran soccer team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Unbound is an international humanitarian organization serving more than 300,000 children and elderly in 20 countries around the world. Education is a cornerstone of the program.

“I want kids to know there is something out there,” Espinoza said. “It’s not just about soccer. I definitely believe education is going to take them out of poverty.”

Espinoza will hold two days of soccer camps for 200 children and teens in the Unbound program. He will also visit some of the homes of the children who participate and have the opportunity to see how Unbound partners with families to provide personalized solutions to poverty.

“We are thrilled to have Roger Espinoza on the Unbound ‘team,'" said Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound. “We feel he will be an ambassador of hope to children in our program in Honduras, and encourage Sporting Kansas City fans in the United States to become sponsors as well.”

To schedule an interview with Espinoza, please contact Elizabeth Alex at 816-304-9498 or Erica Braker at EricaB(at)unbound(dot)org.

About Unbound
Unbound is the largest nonprofit organization in Kansas with more than $120 million in annual revenue. Unbound works side by side with people of diverse faiths in 20 countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.

Unbound distributes direct aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who need it. 92.5 percent of Unbound's expenses go toward program support.


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