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Pro soccer player Hugh Roberts pledges to help Salinas families in-need

It is a new chapter in the life of Hugh Roberts, a native of New York.

The 29-year-old recently moved to the Central Coast to play at the newly formed Monterey Bay Football Club.

There are two things that keep Roberts motivated: his love of football and his passion for giving back to those who need him.

This year, his eyes (and heart) are on Salinas, as he has pledged to donate money to local families during every game he plays.

Roberts donates $ 20 for each game, an additional $ 20 for each win, an additional $ 10 for each goal, and, as a central defender, $ 10 for each time he manages to prevent an opposing team from scoring zero goals.

In recent months, as he moved into his new Monterey County home, Roberts did his best to become a member of the community. He played with young football fans at the As Salinas Football Complex and visited him with his families.

He says it was learning about his economic disparities and food insecurity that inspired him to take action.

Children enjoy a football match at the inauguration of the Constitution Football Complex.

“I saw similar things on the East Coast. My own family was struggling a bit in New York and when we moved to DC we also fought there,” he said. “I went out there in Salinas and had lunch with a team member at the local food bank. Meeting families and witnessing the need first hand is different from seeing it on social media.”

Roberts is not alone in his efforts.

He got in touch and partnered with Salinas Soccer 831, a non-profit organization that helps local children and families with any sport, opportunities, and basic needs.

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