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Kelsey's Dream Day
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Meet Dream Kid, Kelsey! Kelsey is a 17-year-old Hickory Ridge High School student living with Down syndrome. According to everyone who knows her, Kelsey lights up every room she walks into with her big personality and kind smile.
Kelsey had a Dream to meet soccer superstar, and her idol, Alex Morgan. Thanks to the HRHS Jr. Dream Team, Kelsey did just that! On Thursday, May 12th, Kelsey was surprised with a pep rally at school where she was surrounded by family, friends, students, and teachers for a surprise send-off to San Diego. She was also met by previous Dream Kid and Hickory Ridge HS alum, Ne'Quan who "passed the crown" to her as the next HRHS Dream Kid.
On Friday, Kelsey spent the day at the San Diego Wave FC practice where she met Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper, two members of the USWNT and Kelsey's two favorite soccer players! She gifted Alex and Abby Dream On 3 scarves and t-shirts, spent time kicking the ball around the field with both players, and even enjoyed a birthday cookie cake with Abby. She was met with nothing but love from everyone who was part of the San Diego Wave FC.
On Sunday, Kelsey and her family returned to Torrero Stadium to watch the San Diego Wave take on the Chicago Red Stars where they watched warmups from the field. The players, including Alex and Abby, recognized Kelsey on the sidelines and ran over to say hi. Kelsey even got to participate in the coin toss with Alex! The day was made even sweeter with a Wave FC win, including a PK from Alex.
While in San Diego, Kelsey and her family also enjoyed time at the San Diego Safari Park where they participated in a private safari tour. Big thanks to the team at the San Diego Safari Park who gave Kelsey and her family VIP access to the elephants, Kelsey's favorite animal!
A huge thank you to Alex Morgan, Abby Dahlkemper, the San Diego Wave FC front office staff and players as well as the Hickory Ridge HS Dream Team for making Kelsey's Dream come true.
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