Bohdie Larson, a local 16-year-old boy with a passion for soccer, tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2019. For his angel date, his family coordinated a soccer-balls-and-baby-dolls toy drive to spread Bohdie's passion of soccer and disperse the items collected to underprivileged communities. In its first year, the toy drive, held in conjunction with Highland High School, collected hundreds of soccer balls and baby dolls as well as a monetary donation.
Yesterday, the family loaded up and delivered all the items to Black Family and Child Services of Arizona. The local charity, which began a partnership with Phoenix Rising FC in July, was hosting its Merry Christmas on the Sidewalk with Santa event. The timing could not have been more perfect as the donated items were quickly unloaded and distributed to families in need by volunteers like Rising goalkeeper Zac Lubin.
The Larson family is determined to make the toy donation an annual event and hopefully, "require a bigger truck and trailer to deliver all the soccer balls and baby dolls next year."