McDonald’s teamed up with Chris Armas of the New York Red Bulls for the first time in the New York Metro region to offer local youth and fans a once-in-a-lifetime professional soccer experience on October 6 at Riverfront Park in Newark, NJ.
The one-day program included a free kids sports camp where 200 young players from local soccer organizations had the chance to receive one-on-one training from professional coaches and learn about McDonald’s recent positive changes made to its balanced menu items from a registered dietitian/nutritionist.
(Ironbound S.C. Players and coaches with O/O Celeste Quitana, nutritionist Christina McGeough and New York Red Bulls Assistant Coach Armas.)
“We thrive on providing youth with memorable experiences through our kids sports camps as a way to encourage them to pursue their dreams and aspirations,” said Celeste Quintana, McDonald’s Owner/Operator from New Jersey. “This year, we are thrilled to also share how our commitment to offering quality food has translated to changes that add even more wholesome, real and fresh ingredients to our menu.”
McDonald’s has been working to change for more quality food as part of its Food Vision. The company has been building a better menu after listening to its customers and is improving its food offerings by bringing new choices with better ingredients.
The group of 200 kids, ages 6 to 15, ran through drills with professional soccer coaches and Chris Armas himself. All participants received McDonald’s apple slices and Dasani water bottles and an autograph memorabilia from Chris Armas.
“Playing soccer is my favorite thing to do,” said Emily Fillian. “Coach Ariana was teaching me how to be a better player, sportsmanship, and not getting mad at each other.”
“Team sports teach so much to kids, teamwork, sportsmanship, social skills and leadership,” said Catherine Sousa. “Teaching kids how to be better at soccer, we help them to become a better person in life as well. It’s just us trying to do what we can to give back to the community.”