Kennedy Helps Build Local Playground
CARSON, Calif. - Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy may be unable to help his teammates on the field while he recovers from biceps surgery, but that didn’t stop him from lending a hand in the construction of a brand new playground in Inglewood on Thursday morning. Kennedy joined Chivas USA teammate Cesar Zamora and a host of other volunteers at the most recent site of The Home Depot Foundation’s September project, “Celebration of Service: 30 Days of Green.”
A force of almost 300 people erected the new playground at Inglewood’s Ashwood Park and managed to complete the project in a single day.
“I really didn’t know how big of a project it was going to be until I showed up and saw that it was a really big playground,” Kennedy told MLSsoccer.com. “It was nice to do some work for the kids in that community and I hope they are able to use it for a really long time.”
The project is one of 90 around the country that has been sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and that will be completed in the month of September. Many of the projects are geared toward providing safe, green spaces for local kids.
“One of my goals is to give back to the community and I would really like to give back to the youth in the communities that come out and support us,” Kennedy said. “It’s cool anytime kids are looking up to you. When I was a kid, I remember following professional sports and that had a huge impact on me and my life. I just want it to be a very positive experience for them.”
Joining Kennedy at the event was former US National Team standout and eleven-year MLS veteran Clint Mathis.
“I met Clint when I was on trial with Real Salt Lake and he was there,” Kennedy said. “He’s a great guy, obviously a huge character. He’s as good as it gets, really, with the community work as well. It was nice to be alongside him building something that’s bigger than any one individual.”
Kennedy underwent surgery on Friday, August 13th after tearing his left biceps in a game against Toronto on August 7th. He has since been working toward recovery and is optimistic about his progress.
“The recovery has been great,” he said. “I’m ahead of schedule and hopefully I’ll be back training with the team before the end of the season.”