ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Kids from all around the world are coming together on a newly-built soccer field on South Grand Boulevard.

Principal Donnie Harris of the Nahed Chapman New American Academy asked for help with repaving the school’s crumbling concrete soccer pitch. Instead, a host of local businesses came together under the “Gateway Welcome Project” and built a $200,000 field instead.

Tom Finan, Executive Director of Construction Forum of St. Louis, says soccer is a way to bring people together. “This school has 390 kids from 27 countries who speak 18 languages. They all speak soccer,” he says. The new field is the result of donated time and effort from the Construction Forum of St. Louis.

Vin Ko with St. Louis Mosaic, which helped pull the whole effort together, says soccer helps with the stresses felt by kids transplanted here from other countries.

13-year-old Volonte from the Congo was certainly ready to play. Although the giant net towered behind him, the slight goalie did a good job during the field’s inaugural match.

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