The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document
Renewal in Iraq

For Immediate Release
June 17, 2003

Global Message

Key Points:

From the President’s remarks on June 15, 2003, in Kennebunkport, Me.

US Soccer Community Answers Call to Aid Children in Iraq

Through USA Freedom Corps, American youth are working with the U.S. soccer community to send soccer equipment to Iraqi children. Prior to the war, Iraqi children had only limited access to the sports opportunities and equipment.

This initiative includes:

Last week, President Bush shared a greeting with soccer fans recognizing the efforts of the U.S. soccer community:

"I want to thank America's soccer community for its generosity and leadership, for giving our children a way to offer hope and decency to the children of Iraq, and for helping to show the people of Iraq the true heart of America.

"Every American child can find a way to participate in this or another effort to help Iraqi youth. Share money you have saved. Go out and earn a dollar, or collect from your community.

Through your generosity, the children of Iraq will see the love and compassion of America knows no age, ethnic, or geographic limit."

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