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Soccer teams are often considered the backbone of their communities, but the Houston Dynamo went above the call of duty earlier this week
Less than two months ago, four Houston-area firefighters were lost in a blaze while searching for victims of an early morning fire. The deadliest day in the Houston Fire Department’s (HFD) history, the local community, including the Dynamo, immediately embraced the families of the fallen heroes, raising more than $20,000 for the families of recently fallen firefighters.
While the team visited the stations in which the lost firefighters were based, players wore a special HFD patch during their match against Toronto FC in June. The Dynamo also made sure to help the families in a functional way, organizing a special ticketing promotion as well as raising funds outside of the team’s BBVA Compass Stadium prior to the match:
During an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear emphasized the importance of professional athletes supporting their local communities:
"When the players can use sport to help other causes, it’s doing more than just being a professional athlete, it’s being a part of the community and using their talents to help out others. I think it just shows that the organization has the right mind and the players always do. I think the city of Houston is lucky to have the HFD and also lucky to have the Houston Dynamo."
Here’s to the Houston Dynamo, setting an example for clubs across the nation and around the world.