Nine-year-old Nick Kirby donates some of his and a friend's used soccer equipment, including shoes, shin guards and a soccer ball, to longtime soccer coach Carlos Costa, who will be travelling to the Azores to donate the equipment to youth there. Photo/Ernest A. Brown
WOONSOCKET â€“ When nine-year-old Nick Kirby found out his soccer coach was donating used soccer equipment to children in Portugal, he knew what he had to do.
Nick rounded up a few pairs of soccer cleats, some shin pads and a slightly scuffed soccer ball, stuffed them in a shopping bag and handed them over to Carlos Costa at the Riverâ€™s Edge Recreational Complex Thursday.
â€śItâ€™s great that other kids will get to experience soccer, too,â€ť said Kirby.
Costa, 38, was born in the Azorean coastal town of Santa Clara and came here with his parents, looking for a better life, in 1985. Now the Woonsocket resident is a wellness teacher and soccer coach in Bellingham public schools and runs a private clinic named for his hometown, the Santa Clara Soccer School. The school offers summertime soccer clinics in Blackstone as well as Bellingham.
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