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St. Louis kids get chance of a lifetime during international soccer match

5:15 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

FENTON, Mo. (KSDK) - St. Louis soccer fans come in all shapes and sizes. But it's up to a tiny group of the littlest ones to help keep the ball in play at Busch Stadium Thursday night.

"It's been a dream come true for me," explained Lucas Hummel, 11, a rising sixth grader at Rockwood South Middle School. He's been playing soccer since he was just 3-years-old.

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"Chelsea is has been my team my whole life," he went on to say of the international match-up at Busch between his team and Manchester City.

So, you can bet he was checking out the players' moves during practice Wednesday night.

But get this: he won't be just watching at the game. Hummel is one of a dozen players selected from the club of 3,800 at St. Louis Scott Gallagher in Fenton to be a ball boy.

"Giving balls to pro players," Hummel said. "That's gonna be pretty cool. Hopefully don't mess up."

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"Just being down there and on the field is something they're gonna remember the rest of their life," explained Director Steve Pecher.

He said this opportunity came to them because the club's sponsor is also sponsoring Thursday's game.

"This is huge for the kids," he added.


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