September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Houston Dynamo are proud to have hosted a variety of local community initiatives throughout the entire month of September including our Soccer Kicks Cancer game presented by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this past September 21 vs. Orlando City.
The Dynamo came out victorious and dedicated the win to their captain, Sebastian Robles and the ten other superheroes that walked out hand in hand with the starting eleven. Sebastian also joined DaMarcus for the pre-game coin toss and staring XI photo.
After the game, Sebastian was taken back to the locker room area to congratulate the team and received few very special autographs!
DaMarcus took to Instagram to dedicated the game against Orland City to Sebastian the Hero, “The real hero on Saturday night was you, Sebastian. Thank you for spending a couple of days with us. It was a real pleasure meeting you! You weren’t just the captain that night, you are a captain every single day!
Fans helped us raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Over the course of the last month, fans were able to bid on exclusive items starting on September 16 through our Soccer Kicks Cancer Auction. Proceeds benefit MD Anderson/Austen Everett Foundation
Houston Dynamo & Dash players attended the MD Anderson Pro-Fit Clinic to teach young patients about the benefits of exercise during cancer treatment.
Sebastian Robles is 12 years old from Houston and loves to represent his city and his loyal to his home teams, especially the Dynamo. Sebastian has fought a tough battle against leukemia acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) high risk and receives treatment at a local hospital.
On September 20, 2019, Sebastian arrived to Houston Sports Park under the impression that he would be a special guest at the Houston Dynamo training, andhe left as the Honorary Captain of the Houston Dynamo for #KickChildhoodCancer Night. Sebastian signed a two-day contract offered by Dynamo General Manager Matt Jordan and was greeted by Interim Head Coach Davy Arnaud and Captain DaMarcus Beasley at the entrance of the locker room. DaMarcus led Sebastian to his very own locker, where he received his new Dynamo uniform and team gear and was greeted by his new teammates.
Sebastian and his family were then invited to join the Dynamo for their morning training session. Sebastian and his family watched from the sidelines, also taking time to run a few drills of their own. At the conclusion of practice, Coach Arnaud and DaMarcus invited Sebastian back onto the field for the final team talk. Sebastian and Coach Arnaud each gave the team some words of wisdom and then concluded practice with a team photo.
After training DaMarcus met with Sebastian at midfield and presented him with the captain’s armband for Saturday’s game. He explained that a captain is someone who is strong and can be the leader of the team through any challenges and face adversity head on. DaMarcus told Sebastian that he possessed those qualities andsaid that he would be honored to walk out with him on Saturday night.