I have known Wyatt Babcock since we were just months old. Who knew that eleven years later we’d still be such great friends. At one time we played club soccer together, but my path has taken me towards hockey, while Wyatt still has a passion for soccer. I’ve been asked to speak to Wyatt about his charity and the event.
Trevor: What is the name of your charity?
Wyatt: The name of the charity I’m doing for the concert is Pump it Forward.
T: What inspired your charity’s creation?
W: I just think that when I play soccer, I think of the kids that don’t have the same priveleges as I do. I just thought this would be a great way to give back.
T: How long has the charity existed?
W: About a year or so since last March.
T: Who and what does the charity benefit?
W: The charity benefits people in other countries and in our city who don’t have enough money to buy sports equipments. I’m buying soccer balls for the people who don’t have enough money for that.
T: Your charity has to do with soccer, how long have you been playing?
W: About five or six years.
T: Why did you choose soccer as an idea to support your charity?
W: I chose soccer because it’s an easy thing to set up tables at and pump balls for a small donation to raise money to buy soccer balls for people who need them.
T: One of your charities Sweet Cleats is selling cleats bags. Where are you planning on selling them?
W: At Westhills Baseball, West Valley Soccer League and West Valley Eagles Track. Anywhere kids play sports.
T: Pump It Forward you say for a small donation to pump people’s balls, how much are you planning on charging?
W: I charge a $1 to pump up soccer balls and there will be a sign saying I’m giving back to charity.
T: How will you know where to get the money you raise, for inner city kids? And how do you plan on going about that?
W: There’s a website that sells soccer balls that are indestrucible, they’re rubber, so we are going to that website and buy soccer balls for the charities.
I think what Wyatt is doing is really interesting because I like the fact that he tied in his charity with his passion for soccer. I am also impressed that he is helping out the community with his fundraising. The money he raises at the concert, he’ll be selling water bottles that are reusable, is admirable. It’s a great cause and I hope they raise a lot of money.
By Trevor Castino