Why Do Players Walk Out With Kids?
Have you ever wondered why soccer players walk onto the field with kids?
The answer might surprise you.
The 1999 FA Cup Final was the first game where kids walked out with players, having just one boy per team.
It wasn’t until the 2000 European Championships that every player walked out holding hands with a child.
Before every 2002 World Cup match, kids wearing “Say Yes” t-shirts led players onto the field as part of the Say Yes For Children campaign..
Walking out with kids holds up the image of players as role models and the team’s values.
It also gives kids a chance to meet their heroes and is plain adorable to watch.