Cuddles for Kids and members of the La Roche College men’s soccer team will host the inaugural “Kicking It With the Kids” from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
In attendance will be Iceburg, the Pittsburgh Penguins; Celina Pompeani, the Pens’ TV host; Elena LaQuatra, Miss Pennsylvania USA; and Kailey Verbickey, former Miss Pennsylvania International and a Duquesne University student.
The event will include a mini soccer camp and a craft area for the patients. Each child will be given a soccer ball, toy and a keepsake craft.
Cuddles for Kids was started 10 years ago by Conner Hagins of Johnstown, now a freshmen at La Roche College and member of its soccer team.
The organization has donated more than 106,000 toys, coloring book and stuffed animals to children’s agencies around the world.