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Chevrolet to Bring Two Children from Thailand to Manchester United as Part of Beautiful Possibilities Program

  • Children will be mascots Saturday, Sept. 12 for Manchester United’s home match vs. Liverpool FC
  • Manchester United first team players to wear name of mascot from Brazil, China, India, Thailand or the United States on back of their shirt upon entering pitch

BANGKOK, Thailand – As part of its mission to bring play and football to communities around the world through its Beautiful Possibilities Program, Chevrolet will host two children from Thailand in Manchester, UK, to participate as mascots in Manchester United’s match vs. Liverpool FC.

2 Chevrolet mascots from Thailand Chanchira (“Film”) and Jinnawat (“Beer”), both 10, will meet and spend time with Manchester United players and legends in the days ahead of Saturday, September 12th match, attend the Manchester United Soccer School and tour the Club’s stadium, Old Trafford. They will join nine other children from Brazil, China, India and the United States. Chevrolet chose these children because they embody the spirit of play.

The highlight of their once-in-a-lifetime experience will be Saturday, September 12th when the children walk onto the Old Trafford pitch with Manchester United’s first team, each player wearing a match shirt with the name of his mascot on the back. Moments before the match starts, in a show of admiration and in line with football tradition, Manchester United players will remove the shirts and present them to the mascots.

“We’re going to show these children, their families and communities, and millions of Manchester United followers around the world how football and play can change lives and create beautiful possibilities,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet.

“You can imagine how exciting it is for the kids who participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m personally excited for our Chevrolet Mascots, and look forward to seeing their smiling faces during the game telecast,” said Marcos Purty, Managing Director of Chevrolet Thailand, at the send-off celebration for the Thai mascots held in Bangkok on Sept. 3.

This is the second consecutive year Chevrolet is bringing children from around the world to Manchester to participate as mascots, an experience the brand plans to continue for years to come. Each child’s story is featured at www.ChevroletFC.com.

“Welcoming the Chevrolet mascots to Manchester is truly an honor and their wide range of nationalities demonstrates the Club’s global fan base and worldwide appeal,” said Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold. “Through our partnership with Chevrolet, the Club has had new and innovative opportunities to connect with our 659 million global followers, and our players will be proud to walk out onto the pitch with these children, wearing their names on the backs of their shirts.”

As part of its Beautiful Possibilities Program, Chevrolet works with local nonprofit organizations to teach the game and revitalize and transform community pitches, enabling children greater participation in the sport. In April, Chevrolet revitalized the Bang Bua School playground in the Chatuchak district of Bangkok for World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), a Christian humanitarian organization that helps poor children, families and communities to achieve self-sustainability as well as assist people afflicted by conflicts and disasters.

Chevrolet also worked with World Vision to identify Chanchira and Jinnawat to participate as mascots because of how they embody the spirit of play.

“Thank you Chevrolet for partnering with World Vision Foundation of Thailand in doing various social activities which reach out to Thai youths through football. Thank you for making the dreams of 2 impoverished children come true by giving them a rare, valuable opportunity to visit the majestic Old Trafford football field and meet legendary Manchester United players. Film and Beer will set good examples for other Bang Bua School students to follow. They will inspire their peers to play football and work towards reaching their full potential,” said Mrs. Chitra Thumborisuth, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand.

In addition to its Beautiful Possibilities Program, since 2012 Chevrolet has brought play to an estimated 45 million youth in underprivileged communities in more than 90 countries worldwide by distributing more than 1.5 million ultra-durable footballs from One World Play Project. Chevrolet, an official sponsor of One World Play Project, has committed to distributing 2 million footballs, which the mascots will use on penalty kicks at halftime of September 12th match.

“Whether it’s the act of physically playing or simply supporting your favorite team, these mascots will experience the joy of both with Manchester United’s players in a way that few people ever get to realize,” Mahoney said.

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